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on 7 September 2013
Where do you place it?
Similar in tone to Mick Harvey's introspective pieces, this appears at the opposite polarity to "Kollaps." Back then the whole world was wobbling under the spectre of invasion, nuclear war linked to one day at a time - finger on the button oblivion. Echoes linked to extreme psychological states whirled around and fuelled by families, institutions and drugs a cry which becomes a primal yelp eventually rumbles into an ear shattering scream - or alternatively it becomes stifled and muffled with a cloth and doused in prozac.
Years later the vitriol has simmered into a broth of a life lived, as Blixa gazes into a caught reflection. Narcisism, for an artist, is a necessary quality to dredge themselves to eventually make a connection to others. Often artists are taken unaware by the inter human links they make, necessarily initially feeling they are the only one. Only by putting themselves on the edge to they make connections. As the confidence develops they become torn between their standard audience expectations; the safety of getting a pay cheque and forever taking those risks which inspired them in the first place (Decent artists that is not the off the peg mannequins).
Here, he has both taken risks and played safe only in the sense of operating within a structural form which no longer shouts but introspects. Still a million miles away from something off the peg aimed to soothe the brow. Blixa's voice is mellower, without ever being bland as he emits pathos rather than wrestling with an overwhelming internal angst - still the scream of the Tin Drum is emitted but in tune to the strings. Strings, bows and orchestration, in a left field arrangement play gently in the background as a counterpoint to the voice . It sounds a perfect partner for the late Johnny Cash albums in feel and not that far from recent Neubauten albums in tone. Sung in German, Italian and English, the lyrics detai the world world revolution.
Will take a few spins before the maladies fully enter the synapses and eventually lodge there, but that is the beauty of non sugared music, you make your own way instead of it all being laid out for you like a computer game. So this will swing gently in the background to the spray of fountains and the sip of coffee as the smoke of a Gaulois curls upwards. Unashamedly European in content.