Lali Puna

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Lali Puna
Lali Puna performing live at Iceland Airwaves
Lali Puna performing live at Iceland Airwaves
Background information
OriginWeilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
Years active1998–present
LabelsMorr Music, Hausmusik
Associated actsTied & Tickled Trio, The Notwist, Ms. John Soda
MembersValerie Trebeljahr
Christoph Brandner
Christian Heiß
Past membersFlorian Zimmer
Markus Acher

Lali Puna is a German, Munich-based electropop band[1] originally from Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany.[2]


Valerie Trebeljahr, the lead writer and singer, comes from Busan, Korea. The name of the band, meaning Valerie from Busan, references this, as Lali is a diminutive form of Valerie, and Puna is a childish spelling of Busan (which is often transliterated Pusan). She also lived ten years in Portugal before moving to Germany, and that's reflected in some of her songs, featuring lyrics in Portuguese.

Valerie played in an all-female band called L.B.Page, until 1998, when she released a 7" called Safe Side under the moniker Lali Puna. She was later joined by Markus Acher, already lead singer and guitarist of The Notwist and Tied & Tickled Trio (with whom she was also romantically involved[3] and also formed a side-project called John Yoko), Christoph Brandner, who played drums with Acher in the Tied & Tickled Trio, and keyboardist Florian Zimmer.

In 2002 Florian Zimmer left for Hamburg to work on Iso68[4], being eventually replaced in 2003 with Christian Heiß on the Left Handed EP.

In 2017, before the release of the Two Windows album, Markus Acher left the band.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • I Thought I Was Over That: Rare, Remixed, and B-Sides (2005)


  • Clear Cut (2001) with Bomb the Bass
  • Left Handed (2003)
  • Silver Light (2012)


  • "The Safe Side" (1998)
  • "Snooze" (1999)
  • "Nin-Com-Pop" (2001)
  • "Common Ground" (2002)
  • "Micronomic" (2004)
  • "Remember" (2010)
  • "Move On" (2011)
  • "Machines Are Human" (2014) with Trampauline
  • "Deep Dream" (2017)
  • "The Bucket" (2017)
  • "Two Windows" (2017)
  • "Being Water" (2019)



  1. ^ Kelly, Zach (February 3, 2010). "Lali Puna: "Remember"". Pitchfork Media.
  2. ^ Gibbs, Thom (April 14, 2010). "Lali Puna - Our Inventions". Drowned in Sound.
  3. ^ "Interview: Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna". 12 May 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Summer Of Seven 6/7".
  5. ^ "Valerie from Lali Puna talks about "Two Windows", our LP of The Week". September 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Sylvester, Nick (April 25, 2004). "Lali Puna: Faking the Books". Pitchfork Media.
  7. ^ Martins, Chris (April 27, 2010). "Lali Puna: Our Inventions". The A.V. Club.

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