April 27th 2018
Once again, Amanita Design has, for their next collaboration, invited the duo DVA, who previously worked on the soundtrack for the Botanicula game. Their entertaining game entitled Chuchel was released in the Spring as a follow up to their successful (third) sequel, Samorost. This is a comedy-tuned game packed with situational humour, tasks and jigsaw puzzles, featuring Chuchel as the main character and Kekel as his rival. The soundtrack could not be written by non-other than the DVA duo. They let their imagination run wild and created the crazy Cherries On Air (Chuchel Soundtrack). The soundtrack will be finally released for wider distribution on April 27th (digital download and streaming services), and physically on red 12” vinyl on May 31st.
Bára Ungerová and Jan Kratochvíl take full advantage of their musical creativity, including their own language (in this case, perhaps the closest to English). They have packed the set of twenty-three tracks with a handful of preludes and interludes that are interwoven with regular melodies with near poplike contours. Their own humour is also present (reflected in the titles of the tracks), while also present is playfulness, attention to detail, and the childlike excitement of the world of Chuchel and Kekel. Cherries On Air is fast-paced and spirals forward, just like the action sequences of the game itself. Also present are sampled bustle effects and pre-recorded loops of distorted human voices, almost as if Bára and Jan intended to transform all the virtual dialogues of the characters from the game itself. The variety begins with the splendid Buena Vista Chuchel Club, and the captivating Chuchel Walk With Me leads to a dreamlike alternative world of the secretive maze of puzzles. On the other hand, the Young Chuchels is interwoven with rap and “Labyrinth presents itself as an unexpected ambient final touch. The Botanicula Soundtrack is, therefore, a less madcap vanguard than Cherries On Air (Chuchel Soundtrack) although it can be assumed that this was the intention of the duo from the beginning.
Project DVA have been active since 2006. They combine many genres in their music, including cabaret, circus numbers, beatbox, freak folk, acoustic and electronic music - according to the duo, it is a variation of pop without specific borders and boundaries with its own (fictional) language. An important item in their discography is the previously mentioned soundtrack for the Botanicula game. "DVA have successfully managed to get their microcosmos on Botanicula to the next level. The experience has been strengthened by them once again revisiting their childhood, their frolics with individual melodic elements while the vocal inserts work and click into each other like the most beautiful kaleidoscope,” emphasizes Dan Hájek at the end of his review on musicserver.cz; everything that was said also applies to their new musical adventure on Cherries On Air (Chuchel Soundtrack).
LP [180 gram LP on transparent red vinyl] can be pre-ordered in the online store now. All pre-orders will be shipped on May 31st.