As you might expect, the music sounds both expansive and shy, warm and a bit detached. Acoustic timbres (guitar, cello, piano, accordion, tinkles&clinkles) are coupled with desolate electronic elements, pauses, reverbs. The sound is way more involving than the hushed vocals and intimistic approach would suggest: the music's lulling, and ravishing.
The two cds are quite different. "Hold" reflects a more luminous spirit, and the atmosphere is more playful. "Watschenbaum", on the contrary, is more empied-out, and dominated by a melancholic mood.
Both of them, though, encompass the same apparent references: múm, Bon Iver, Tunng on the indie-folk side, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and acolytes on the post-rock one.
The tracks are surely more ambience-oriented than focused on melody: this may be a slight defect for the album, but is easily hidden by the pleasantness of the music.
"Hold/Watschenbaum" came out in late 2010 with just one-hundred copies, on the new-born Sicilian label Woolshop Productions. Full streaming is available on their website, and a "physical" copy is just 7 €!
CD 1, "Watschenbaum":
- Die Geschichte Vom Stausee
- A Slow Chant From A Tree
- Dear Friends (For Gaël)
- Awaken In The Park
- I'm light
- Muttermilch 2
- Turtle Enlightenment
- Separation XI (Haunted)
- We Were Once So Tight
- Face To
- Black-Paper Butterflies (For Stefano)
- It Felt
- Light From Your Mouth
- Mit Aller Macht
- Moths Invasion
- Universum (For Frank)
- Violin: Claudio Cataldi
- Everything else: Giampiero Riggio
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