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Andrea Schroeder ↔ Blackbird (2012)

Andrea Schroeder ↔ Blackbird (2012)

Andrea Schroeder ≡ Blackbird
Location: Munich, Copenhagen, Berlin
Album release: September 2012 (Recorded: Prague, Ljubljana)
Record Label: Glitterhouse Records
Duration:     38:20
01. Paint It Blue     2:50 
02. Bebop Blues     3:19
03. Wrap Me in Your Arms     3:12 
04. Ghost Ship     4:39
05. Death Is Waiting     3:22
06. Blackbird     4:12 
07. Blackberry Wine     4:19 
08. Winter Days     3:43
09. Dark Nightingales     4:06 
10. Kälte     4:38

 © Günter Ludwig
There is hardly another bird that twitters nicer than the Blackbird. And Blackbird is the title of the debut album of Berlin based song poet Andrea Schroeder – a hommage to the bird and the beauty of life in general.
Once in a while, Germany offers uniquely talented female singers, and Andrea is one of those.
Draw yourself a line from Marlene Dietrich over to Nico, add some dashes Chamber Pop in the vein of The Tindersticks to it and you come close. Discovered and loved by such illustrious people like Charles Plymell or Mike Watt .
The Blackbird album came to life in Berlin Wedding – an old working-class district – where Andrea Schroeder lives with her musical collaborator Jesper Lehmkuhl, not an American as you would have guessed by the music he creates, but a cool Danish citizen. „A lot of songs originate from poems“, says Andrea Schroeder. „The melodies come organically to blend with the flow of words. We add some guitars and structure and the song builds and builds. But sometimes Jesper is playing a beautiful guitar figure and I need to find the right word to complement it.“
Jesper Lehmkuhl is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to American music, it’s history and genres. „We weren’t really aware of the American influence to our songwriting at first. I guess it came naturally as in the last ten years I have listened to American music almost exclusively. But I consciously tried to add some nordic influences as well.“
Another inspiring factor on the creation of Blackbird certainly was producer Chris Eckman, who not only plays in bands like The Walkabouts, Chris & Carla, Dirt Music or Long, but also successfully works as producer with a wide spectrum from Mali’s Tamikrest to Norway’s Midnight Choir. He was also responsible for the string arrangements, as well as adding subtle nuances on guitar and Hammond organ. Fans can detect his musical spirit, but the sounds and aesthetics firmly belong to the singular talent of Andrea Schroeder.
Website: http://www.andreaschroeder.com
MySpace: http://myspace.com/andreaschroedermusic
Reverbnation: http://reverbnation.com/andreaschroeder
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andreaschroedermusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/schroedermusic
YouTube: http://youtube.com/andreaschroedermusic
Blogspot: http://andreaschroedermusic.blogspot.com/ © Andrea Schroeder with her M1 Shruti Box *(Notes); Author: Eric Klitgaard (www.eric-photo.dk)
"Eine ebenso verträumte wie bedrohliche Musik mit einer fast traurigen Grundhaltung", attestiert die Süddeutsche Zeitung Andrea Schroeder und fühlt sich sogar an Patti Smith und Nick Cave erinnert. Das Berliner Abendblatt beschreibt ihre "beschwörende und einfühlsame Musik mit charismatischer Stimme", und die kalifornischen Bay Area Papers bezeichnen Andrea Schroeder als "Ausnahmetalent, welches bald für größeres Aufsehen sorgen wird". Aus der internationalen Beachtung folgten Kooperationen, u.a. mit Richard Horowitz (Golden-Globe für die Filmmusik “Der Himmel über der Wüste” von Bernardo Bertolucci), dem legendären New Yorker Beatpoeten Charles Plymell („The last of the mocassins“) und dem Glitterhouse-Urgestein Gary Heffern (San Diego Lifetime Achievement Award für "The Penetrators"). Seit einigen Jahren arbeitet Andrea Schroeder eng mit dem skandinavischen Musiker und Songwriter Jesper Lehmkuhl (Farmen) zusammen. Sie entwickelten ihre Musik weiter, stets tief in düster sinnlich-melancholischer Stimmung, im Ausdruck erweitert mit episch-kraftvollen Rockelementen. Obwohl sie bis dato noch keine Veröffentlichung vorzuweisen hatte, hatte sie - dem Netz sei Dank - bereits phänomenal viele ergebene Fans. Das lang ersehnte Debutalbum von Andrea Schroeder, Blackbird, produziert von Chris Eckman, ist soeben bei Glitterhouse Records erschienen. Hintergründige Musik, tief und betörend. (Glitterhouse Records)
Record label – Glitterhouse Records
Booking agency – VAGABOND VILLAGE
Publisher – Wolffsongs e.K.
Management – contact@andreaschroedermusic.com
"Sensational debut" Musikexpress
"A massive album full of drama and melancholy" Rolling Stone
"Chanson noir" Rocktimes
"A dreamy as well threatening music with an almost sad attitude." Süddeutsche Zeitung
"The incredible music of Andrea Schroeder. An exceptional talent." Bay Area Papers, California
"A terrific voice, hypnotic sounds of extreme beauty." In Viaggio, Italy
"Evoking and sensual music with charismatic voice" Berliner Abendblatt
"Melancholic, of Nick Cave and Patti Smith reminding songs " SZ, Germany
"Sometimes the songs remind of Velvet Underground, then again of Patti Smith." TZ, Munich

*(Notes) ---:
The M1 Shruti Box is a versatile musical instrument that can be played by anyone and works well with a range of musical styles. Singers use it as an accompaniment for song, chanting and improvisation. Instrumental musicians use it to provide sustained drones to play over. Voice coaches find it helpful for encouraging people with low confidence to sing and express themselves more freely. Educators find it useful for demonstrating musical basics such as notes, chords and harmony. Storytellers use it to create enchanting backgrounds for their narrative. Music therapists use it to create a relaxed mood and to support vocal expression.
Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart uses a C tuned instrument to compose and perform with. Palestinian singer, Womad artist and BBC radio presenter Reem Kelani uses C and Low G models in concert and in voice workshops with children: the M1 gives her useful portability and provides a drone over which she can demonstrate the subtle nuances of Arabic music. New York-based musician Don Conreaux uses the M1 as a basis for group musical improvisation. Guitarist, Lee Holland from Nashville uses the M1 to create backgrounds for his contemporary songs.

    © Ullrich Maurer © It's such an amazing room in Sono Recording Studios in Prague ... I want to live there!!!! : )

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