Milky Chance vocalist Clemens Rehbein describes the sentiment behind Mind the Moon highlight “The Game” to Apple Music as “feeling like you don’t know how to manage your relentlessly changing life. One moment you’re building something you’re at peace with, and then, with one change, the stability is all gone. It’s probably easier to learn to swim than build your own island.”
In the last half decade, Rehbein and multi-instrumentalist DJ Philipp Dausch have seen more change than most: Their 2013 single “Stolen Dance” was a guileless blend of coffee-shop guitars and warm electronics that made them unexpected global stars. On Mind the Moon, their third LP, the German duo succeeds by becoming even more fluid, incorporating sounds from Portugal (“Fado”) and South Africa (the gorgeous “Eden’s House,” which features vocals from Ladysmith Black Mambazo) as well as contributions from Australian singer-songwriter Tash Sultana (“Daydreaming”) and nomadic Belgian producer Témé Tan (“Rush”). It’s leftfield pop for a generation with little interest in the conventions or boundaries of genre.