Teho Tearado and Blixa Bergeld work perfectly together to create an album that revels sensitive conflict in the artists, but is still able to remain dignified and sophisticated. Gentle electronics flow through the music, so soft they may be missed on the initial listen, but go to elevate the music to a spine chilling emotional level. That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground. Still Smiling is an album of opposites; simple yet intricate, poppy yet experimental, emotionally driven yet diligently composed. Only heard Sketches From the Book of the Dead myself but it was gr8.
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But the album's artwork - featuring the singer and Teardo pointing at each other, facing in opposite directions while wearing huge pointy hats that are half Dada artist Hugo Ball and half Pet Shop Boys - suggests that the truth is rather more complex.
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld
Gentle electronics flow through the music, so soft they may be missed on the initial listen, but go to elevate the music to a spine chilling emotional level. Elsewhere, the abstract acts as a foil to the fuller-sounding material. You heard Mick Harvey's solo stuff? However it separates itself with its chamber pop characteristics. But that's interesting, still haven't checked that other band out yet but i've been meaning too.
Please whitelist our site in order to continue to access The Quietus. It segues seamlessly into the ominous 'Buntmetalldiebe' tr. This in turn is juxtaposed with sentences spoken rather than sung: Excellent review my friend. An album recommended for those looking for music that is unique but is still refined and elegant. Blixa Bargeld - voice, hammond organ, clavichord, electric slide guitar, water percussion, re-arrangements, glockenspiel.
A trans-Alpine alliance of the highest order, Still Smiling sees Blixa Bargeld join forces with Italian composer Teho Teardo for a bold, track, hour-long album released on Italy's Specula label.
Even when he is speaking a language I don't understand I am still completely entranced.
Rowan Staff Reviewer June 25th Comments. Lyrics are visionary and are sung in english, german tearddo italian, Barged reveals a really personal and intimate side to the listener this time.
Still Smiling is an album of opposites; simple yet intricate, poppy yet experimental, emotionally driven yet diligently composed. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking. Two artistic geniuses come together to make a revealing, passionate and sophisticated album.
Because of this, each beat, each note has a slight inflection giving the music a very warm, passionate feeling.
Musicians Teho Teardo - baritone guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, rhodes piano, synths, piano, percussions, electronics, programming Blixa Bargeld - voice, hammond organ, clavichord, electric slide guitar, water percussion, re-arrangements, glockenspiel featuring: You have to be logged in to post vargeld comment.
Only heard Sketches From the Book of the Dead myself but it was gr8. Oh I remember that horse There's also an italian tour in May: White SeeD forgetting what is real.
Still Smiling is an album whose special vision covers all the sky between Rome and Berlin, daytime and nocturnal. The Balanescu Quartet also give a great performance on three of the tracks, especially on 'Come Up And See Me', with its almost histrionic ballet between strings wmiling a pleading vocal of "come up and see me some time" over roughly clacking rhythms.
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This rich palette is used to great effect throughout the record, giving teqrdo a great emotional heft. Halfway through, the cello strokes return and Bargeld announces "Ich bin ein kleines Axolotl Opiate Birth Subliminal Lacerations. On 10 Music Lists.
It'll be released on Teho's label Specula on april 22nd in Italy and it'll be distributed all tearrdo Europe on June 28th Musically, Still Smiling is so absorbing and enduring a listen thanks to its range of melodic ideas and well-executed smjling.
To the Neubauten fans, Still Smiling may be familiar to the newer, mellower albums the band has been releasing. Never heard of this band before but it definitely sounds interesting, will give it a shot if I get the chance soon. The album has been written and recorded between Berlin and Rome, it took nearly two years to be made, Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and silence.