New Music: Herman The African ‘Jessica’

Upon completing a degree in music, Herman The African chose to hole up in a studio with a few comrades and gather his thoughts. A week of intensive recording birthed an EP that tells the story of senseless model crushes, the simplicity of teenage years, and the warmth of summer love.

A 90s baby born in South Africa to German parents, the moniker Herman The African signifies an international aesthetic. Now based in Australia, Herman plans to be loved by the internet. At the age of 22, bigger dreams may be realised thereafter.

Herman’s style is mellow-wave. The term is self-coined. With a lo-fi approach, simplistic grooves, and washed out guitar lines, mellow-wave sounds like driving over a hill, late at night with a few friends and seeing the lights of a small town in the valley. It’s romantic music in a way. 

Herman The African’s newest single, “Jessica” describes a near miss at summer love, a girl who looks like Jessica Alba, and three years difference in birth-years. It’s the story of a girl who came from a difficult childhood, and emerged into adulthood a bit insecure, but desired by many. Herman made a bid for her heart, but ultimately bids her farewell with the simple ask she remain “a good girl”.

Sonically, “Jessica” revolves around a chordal riff, played on synthesiser. Washed out guitars provide the dreamy backdrop to a driving four-on-the-floor beat that gently moves the song forward. “Jessica” is the lead single ofHerman the African’s soon to be released debut EP.

“Jessica” was recorded by Martin Koleczko in a university studio at the Australian National University. “Jessica” was produced by Herman and Martin.

2016 is set to be an exciting year for Herman The African, stay tuned.

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