We have few
of them among us. The ones that are antagonistically adept enough to face the
pace and challenge, being and time, art and bread, through and through. Never
afraid to poke through the membrane of the inapprehensible, making mile after
mile, corner after corner, unravelling a wire and snarl it around the grid of
one’s loose thinking. What people
see is a trail of an aloof nature, what people can hear is often exceptionally
good music. Here are two very compelling examples of those who have moved on.
This week I would like to spezial two artists, who have released their debuts with a little help from us, but have now moved on to make their second albums in new constellations. Nadja Rüdebusch aka Binoculers has released her second album “There Is Not Enough Space in the Dark” last November through her own label.
“a binoculer is a person whose inner
side can be looked at through binoculars. (if you meet one:) just put the two
glasses right up against his or her eyes and look through them from the other
side. from the binoculer's point of view you are miles away now. for safe
operation of the binoculer it is highly recommend that the binoculars be
changed around regularly, allowing both perspectives” – that’s the explanatory logic to her work.
Obsessively delicate and abstract. Binoculers follows a minimalist
attitude but fills the idea with versatile instruments and a loop machine.
Imagine a musical box playing lullaby hymns at midnight. The songs are discreet
and chary but not shy, rather a modest invitation than screaming and pushy.
From the loneliness of a pirate to a circus in the clouds, this picturesque
music spans a large spectrum.
Nadja Rüdebusch has been writing her songs and playing concerts under the name of Binoculers since 2007. She lives in Hamburg.
You can watch her latest music video here:
project of mastermind Maximilian Stephan first appeared in the form of an
unofficial Solo Album The Eye is the Heart Mirror in 2009 as a guest
appearance on Labelship. Carpet is now a full band, basically consisting of
musicians from the projects Dear John Letter and Instrument. Their first “real”
album Elysian Pleasures has recently come out on the Munich based label
Psychedelic and progressive rock meets jazz from hell! Frank Zappa’s principle of “anything anytime anyplace” and improvisation-orgies à la King Crimson as well as the austerity of 70s Pink Floyd and Beatles-like vocal harmonies. Carpet are creating songs of unfathomable vastness, intricate song structures and versatile instrumentation. A carpet of sound – musical paintings, sometimes pastose and thick-layered, sometimes like a stroke of the finest brush. As a result, the soundscapes allow the listeners to glance into deep valleys – as edgy rocks erupt in front of you, they open up the horizon again in just the right moment. The associative character of film scores as well as almost a haptic quality in composition make this music seem timeless.You can watch the astounding collection of Carpet’s music videos here: