If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
If that seems like an overly simplistic way to describe a German folk duo, don’t fear because listening to Milky Chance’s second album Blossom it’s apparent they felt the same way.
“It’s the same kind of vibe, that mixture of danceable, uplifting beats mixed up with melancholic melodies and harmonies,” singer Clemens Rehbein says from a tour bus in Sweden.
And why not when your first album produced the chart smash Stolen Dance, which topped charts around the world, peaked at No. 2 in Australia and came fourth on the Triple J Hottest 100.
When you’ve found a formula for success, you could be forgiven for sticking to it.
So what’s the formula for Rehbein and DJ/producer Philipp Dausch?
“I would say it’s kind of a melting pot of genres,” Rehbein says, “brought together with organic house music, you can say.
“I mean, sometimes I say it’s danceable-melancholy, just for a way to describe it. But the thing, like the special thing about it maybe, is we just love music in general.
“We don’t pick out certain songs and listen only to this,” the 24-year-old says. “We love jazz, we love reggae, we love electronic music, we love folk music.”
What’s most impressive is that Milky Chance have been able to repeat the same feat with the first single from Blossom, latest hit Cocoon.
Released late last year, their love affair with Australia continued when the song made the ARIA Top 10 and again placed high in the Triple J Hottest 100, coming in at No. 12.
“It’s really nice, maybe not being a one-hit wonder, you know,” Rehbein laughs. “It feels really cool with lots of people out there appreciating what we do.
“We just feel really grateful and feel like right now we want to give our fans, (we) want to have a great time and give people something back, like playing festivals and shows.
“We had a lot of experiences the past two years playing shows, so just trying to put that effort in to develop as musicians and getting better.
“Just live the song and having a good energy on stage.”
Blossom is out March 17. Milky Chance play Metro City on May 10, supported by Amy Shark (tickets from Oztix), and Groovin the Moo at Hay Park, Bunbury on May 13 (tickets from Moshtix).