Adrian H and the Wounds — Adrian H and the Wounds (Dog Solitude)
(Projekt 269, 2011/2012, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-05-07How often have you read a music review and come across a phrase like "the Chinese Leonard Cohen" or "the punk Madonna" or "the German Fairport Convention"? I like to avoid clichés in my reviews, so I won't start off by saying Adrian H is "the Goth Tom Waits." (Or maybe I will.) His gruff voice tells dark stories of pain and suffering in a mostly spoken way, only occasionally singing in a conventional sense. The music behind his voice is dark and moody, drawing from Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, and the like. With a bit of Kurt Weill thrown in, of course. So his take on the Mary Poppins song "Chim Chim Cher-ee," with its rolling piano part, fits right in, offering a sinister (or at least melancholy) twist to a usually cheerful tune. This CD transports us to an alternate-universe version of pre-war Berlin, similar to that presented in Cabaret, only with electric guitars and synthesizers augmenting the other instruments in the band. For most listeners, this might be a mood thing, not something to listen to any old time, but I'm thinking there are others who would immerse themselves in this world, living forever in "The Night My Mother Screamed." This Projekt release is Adrian & Co.'s second album, which was released in Germany as Dog Solitude in 2011 on the Danse Macabre label. Confusingly, Projekt has retitled it, although there was already a self-titled CD on Lest We Forget (the band's own label) in 2009.
Related artist(s): Adrian H and the Wounds
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more