Anyone who’s been to an open mic in the last few years is probably familiar with Milky Chance’s song “Stolen Dance,” which has become a go-to cover for anyone wielding an acoustic guitar. (And if you don’t recognize the song by its title, trust me — you’d likely know it if you heard it.) It’s no wonder why the German duo of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch have become a coffeehouse staple: They’ve harnessed a simple but distinct sound that marries the organic and the synthetic, with finger-picked guitar augmented by electronic accompaniment. Their sophomore album Blossom hasn’t produced a hit like “Stolen Dance,” but it’s a more polished, more confident statement from a band with more places to go.
— Nathan Weinbender