Ablebody, “After Hours”

Jayson Greene

By Jayson Greene

on 04.17.14 in Listen to This

Ablebody is the solo project of Christoph Hochheim, former member of the Pains of Being Pure At Heart and The Depreciation Guild. With the help of his twin brother Anton, who plays drums, Christoph explores some of of synth-pop’s more finely wrought, gem-like sides. His vocals have the plummy, rounded edges of David Gahan, but the song’s jazzy, sophisticated progression keeps shifting beneath his feet, modulating at unexpected moments and tumbling through a blue-flecked chorus that catches an edge of anger and frustration and holds onto it: “I can’t tell what you represent!” Hochheim wails. It’s both emphatic and enigmatic, and it punctuates a semicolon of a song with a dark, bold exclamation point.