With their new album, Scrambles, Anthems and Odysseys, the Sofa Surfers have created a sometimes dystopian, sometimes hope-filled parallel reality. They take us to musical places that were already discernable on the horizon early in their careers, but which they have only now attained so uncompromisingly. Uninhibited, dark drones and sci-fi synthesizers enter an alliance with gripping composition and excellent vocals. More than ever, the band allows itself to feel emotions - deeply and strongly. Massive trap and electro beats meet up with rave references and subtle hints of the 80s - and with Mani Obeya's intoxicatingly clear voice, wonderful beautiful precisely when needed, weaving the strings of the tales told with taught precision. Soulcat E-Phife is a genius counterpart. The Viennese rapper drives the tempo up, supporting the Sofa Surfers with her unaccustomed emotional approach. The most astounding thing about the bands eighth studio album release? The courageous melodies, the commitment to emotion. You have never heard the Sofa Surfers be so uncompromising. Unusual? Yes - and it's a damned good thing.