To translate yearning and dreams of faraway sceneries into beautiful and unheard sounds is what makes pop duo Alphawezen aka Ernst Wawra and Asu Yalcindag so special. Their second album „En Passant“ (succeeding their fine effort „ L Après-Midi d un Microphone“) comprises of 12 songs full of fleeting moments, the basic mood of which swings between soothing melancholy and mellow serenity. „En Passant“ comes with such consummate ease as if being produced en passant. But it soon becomes obvious that the album is thoroughly thought through and done with complete mastery. Alphawezen playfully explore the realm between art and kitsch, experiment and calculation, yearning arrangements and hypnotic dance tracks. If you move from disco to disco you will gladly discover some fast moving tracks in this diverse offering. If you like to travel at home, you will find it pleasing to travel with Alphawezen. The album „en passant“ reminds of something which came into existence just now but radiates a feeling of something which has been around forever. And that is magical and very soothing.
Roland Voss aka Lemongrass has a rich musical background spanning three decades. During the ’70s, he played drums with numerous rock groups, funk bands, and jazz ensembles. During the ’80s, Voss developed a penchant for electronic instruments. Having patiently honed his skills, in ’93 Voss released his debut album, a largely breakbeat affair entitled Succa V. Four years later, he dropped his debut album as Lemongrass, Dramatic Universe, on a small German imprint called Incoming! After a short interlude with the side project Orbis, the Mole Listening Pearls debut “Lumière Obscure” from Lemongrass hit the stores and received much accolade by the music press while the accompanying single release “Comme Toujours” turned into a mellow club hit. Even before he had time to react to the tremendously positive and manifold press reviews on his third album called “Voyage au Centre de la Terre”, he was already in the midst of the production process for his fourth album “Windows”, which was released in February 2001, containing the charming cover version of the Winnetou melody. While “Fujijama,” his ode to Japan’s highest and holiest volcano, is a soft, melodic midtempo breakbeat cut, “Journey To A Star” is deep, downtempo, and extremely extraterrestrial.
Geb.el – From A Distant Point Of View (LPS 6)
Geb.el, a native Austrian who now resides in London presents his version of Urban Melancholica. He has long been influenced by Futurism, Jazz, and Soul. These influences are easily identifiable in his music, but this music is also new and exists independently in its own right. At the beginning of the eighties, Geb.el started spinning Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop. From behind the decks he witnessed the birth of both House and Techno. In these early days, these new musical directions were not always well received. Geb.el however, viewed House and Techno as simply the logical evolution of so-called “Black Music”. The Helmut Lang fashion empire began to show interest in Geb.el. Entering the fashion world, Geb.el produced the music for several shows in Paris, and received credits for his work – even in The New York Times. From A Distant Point Of View) is not an album which is limited to one style, but rather a psychic profile of an individual, who has chosen to show us his happiness (Love from the Sun feat. Dian Sorrell), his past (I’m not in Love feat. Cleveland Watkiss) as well as his entire world-view (Schulfernsehen 3 A New Science) in musical portraits. In this work, deep-headz tunes (The Killer and The Chicken) melt seamlessly together with pure ambience (Raindance and Windscreenwipers) to allow the listener to reach an understanding of Geb.el and his distant point of view.The Box One and Box Two are strictly limited and will be available in the year 2008 only.
For more information:
Listening Pearls Series (Box One)
Listening Pearls Series (Box Two)