Edition #39 • Portmonee, Perel, VHS Collection, beGun, Matthias Gusset


After last week’s post about Spotify’s questionable handling of their policies and misinformation, I thought a lot about my behaviour around music consumption. Unfortunately, I doubt that the company’s latest announcement regarding the issue will bring substantial change.

Also,  I learned about the $100 million investment by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek into a military company. This news slipped through my radar last November.

At the end of my post, I urged:

However, if you really want to support an artist in good conscience, buy tickets to their shows, buy merchandise, physical records, or at least a digital copy.

However, I never promoted links in Weekly5 to buy the featured songs. Therefore, I decided to change that in the most platform-agnostic way possible since there are very walled options both on Android and iOS devices.

So from now on, I will also add links to Bandcamp whenever a track is available there. Furthermore, I pledge to buy each song available myself since integrity is one of Weekly5’s core values. I will also buy the music when I actually have a free promotional download.

You can verify my commitment yourself on the Weekly5 Bandcamp profile.

And if you feel that with everything going on around Spotify, you don’t want to use their product anymore, here’s a helpful tool to easily export your songs and playlists onto another service.

So, about today’s selection. It transitions from a rough, violent sound to more pleasing, danceable tracks and finally arrives at wonderous ambient sonic experiences.

Best wishes,

Portmonee – Küss mich

A song about love that sounds like a threat? It’s no coincidence that Küss mich, the latest single release by Berlin-based Portmonee sounds so dangerous. The band explains:

In Germany, it still happens that people are beaten (half) to death because of their sexual orientation. In this song, we don't tell our own story, but that of a gay friend. We thought long and hard about whether we should do this, but it's too important not to.

Küss mich is a violent burst, chopping itself up over and over again. The bassline dominates the track’s foundation, supported by shattering drums, torn apart by aggressive, pushy delivery.

The sextett creates an unbearable tension; the pressure is constantly rising. Küss mich isn’t your everyday rock song; it painfully burns itself into your mind.

Perel – Real

It’s been about four years since I first encountered Perel. Back then, I discovered Alles, an astounding electronic track that feels more like post-punk than what you might expect by an artist of Berlin’s underground techno jungle.

Annegret Fiedler, aka Perel, escapes any attempt of definition. However, there’s still a unique sonic trademark to each of her tracks. Her latest single, Real, isn’t an exception and manages to split between a swirling synth melody and mysterious, sombre singing. And yes, like in Alles, the new track sounds reminiscent of the glimmery-gloomy 80s.

Never has questioning reality felt so breathless and addictive. Real’s deep bass vibrates through skin, flesh, and bones. It’s pure ecstasy.