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Camouflage. Greyscale
Исполнитель: Camouflage
Альбом: Greyscale
Год: 27.03.2015
Страна исполнителя: Германия
Формат носителя: CD
Лэйбл: Bureau B
Номер в каталоге: PM 48-05969
Страна производитель: Германия
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Цена: 1298.00 руб
Описание


Пресс релиз от лейбла:
We write the  year 2015. One retro wave follows the next. Synth-Pop is bigger than  ever.  All  around  the  world,  current  productions  reference  the  sound  that emerged  from  pre-reunification  Germany.  So  where  are  the  originals  –  the bands and artists of that time – today? Many can be found doing the rounds at eighties  parties  held  by  local  radio  stations.  Others  are  investing  the  royalties from their back catalogues in the cultivation of organic vegetables.
Not  so  for  Camouflage.  That's  right  –  THE  Camouflage  –  the  masters  of sadness dressed up in electronic songs. The band flitted directly from the small German town of Bietigheim-Bissingen all the way to the United States in 1987 with  "The  Great  Commandment".  Their  music  brilliantly  combined  the  icy coolness of Kraftwerk, the pop of OMD and the melancholy gloom of Depeche Mode. Yet the temptation to indulge in nostalgia has always remained very feint with this band. So it's no surprise that Camouflage now emerge with “Greyscale” – a strikingly current and compelling album, both musically and lyrically.
Flashback: Heiko Maile, Oliver Kreyssig and Marcus Meyn were schoolboys with synthesizers and a keen ear for the musical zeitgeist. It was a world dominated by fears and apocalyptic scenarios, non-aggression pacts and embargoes, ruled by old men and one woman. The Cold War was almost over, the Berlin Wall was still standing. It  was in this landscape that Camouflage unleashed their music: driving,  demanding  and  so  beautifully  sad  in  its  invitation  to  lose  oneself  in eternity while dancing. The band found success on both sides of the Atlantic with their  debut  album  “Voices  &  Images”.  In  the  U.S.A.  the  record  even  went  to number one on the Billboard Dance Charts. The follow-up “Methods of Silence” docked seamlessly onto this momentum, and with the single “Love Is A Shield” they  created  a  gem  of  a  hit  that  still  graces  dance  floors  and  radio  stations worldwide.
 
A lot has happened on our planet since then, and the band has travelled a long path that was anything but straightforward. In the nineties they played with styles and producers and experimented. With “Areu Areu”, they founded a publisher for obscure music. Even an opera project was terrifically driven into a brick wall. For Camouflage, these were in equal measure both artistically important as well as financially disastrous processes. The record companies, meanwhile, placed their bets on other horses that could chase the trends faster. That's show business, thought  the  band  before  dusting  themselves  off  and  continuing  undeterred  in making records and touring the world from Russia to Mexico, steadily expanding their fan base all the while.


In  2003  Camouflage  released  “Sensor”,  a  dark  and  punchy  work  demonstrating  that  they  had  not  slept through the eras, but could still prove their relevance in the new millennium with their sound and their songs.
In 2006 followed the album “Relocated”, and the band went on a tour that included Asia and South America.
 
2011 saw the first work on an album which right from the beginning of the development process was entitled “Greyscale”. Heiko Maile, Oliver Kreyssig and Marcus Meyn knew early on that the music on this record should  offer  something  to counter  the  drab  realities  of  our  time,  with  its  clouds  and  fog,  the  endlessly repeating greyness. They were more than successful in this accomplishment. Now, after many long days of work, they proudly present their eighth studio album to the public.
 
The music on “Greyscale” sounds expansive and atmospheric, yet is simultaneously compelling and tight. Once  again  responsible  for  the  production  is  Heiko  Maile,  who  has  enjoyed  success  as  a  film  music composer  (for  films  such  as  “Die  Welle”  and  “Wir  sind  die  Nacht”)  for  several  years  now.  Stylistically confident,  he  contrasts  electronic  elements,  guitars,  sonic  experimentation  and  beats  with  acoustic instruments, such as the string ensemble of the Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Great support for the musicality and sound of the album came from renewed collaboration with two of the band’s most loyal companions: Volker Hinkel (guitar, production) and Jochen Schmalbach (production, mixing), both of whom have been involved with Camouflage over many years, as part of the live band and all other activities.
 
In “End Of Words” there is even a children's choir, which sounds as if Kubrick himself set it in scene. It’s nothing less than cinematic! The record sounds modern, yet Camouflage always maintain the connection to their own original sound, for which they became famous. The beats and basses, synth arpeggios and pads all reveal their unmistakable fingerprint, equally as characteristic as the touchingly poignant voice of singer Marcus Meyn.
 
The songs on “Greyscale” have one eye on the club and the other on the heart. Camouflage can inspire dancing, crying and contemplation in equal measure. The single “Shine” starts off small with an 808-beat, then over the course of four minutes it climbs to dizzying heights with strings, choirs and a vocal hook that could not sound more unironic and honest. Marcus Meyn begins with the lines:
 
“This is the story,
we should shout out loud,
tell everybody,
that noone lives without:
Shine Shine Shine
within your mind.”
 
There is plenty to despair about every day, but we must always hold on to the ability to radiate from the inside out. More light = more joy in life. It's that simple! The highly danceable “Misery” sings of the purifying effect  of  the  misery  and  pain  that  love  can  inflict.  “End  Of  Words”  is  both  lyrically  and  musically  the melancholy heart of the album. It portrays the grey clouds that we carry within us, and images of the past and present that weigh us down and sometimes leave us speechless. And as if to underline this statement, the dreamy instrumental “Dark Grey” follows directly. “In The Cloud” addresses the fear – in the midst of work, appointments and deadlines – of missing out on the life that had originally been intended.
 
That is one of the great qualities of this music: Camouflage is not just some superficial band that bases its existence on churning out dance stompers and love songs. Their music and lyrics touch on nothing less than the big questions of our time.
 
Hope is also a theme. “Count On Me” is a declaration of unconditional love. Here Marcus Meyn shares the vocals with Peter Heppner of Wolfsheim. Together they sing:
 
“the truth will set me free,
I can always count on you,
as you can always count on me.”
 
You can also count on the band Camouflage. They refuse to stand still. They do not live in the past. With “Greyscale” they have created a beautiful, powerful piece of music for the here and now – about ourselves and our lives. Thanks for that!



 



Трэклист

01.  Shine
02.  Laughing
03.  In The Cloud
04.  Count On Me  (Featuring Peter Heppner)
05.  Greyscale (CD version only)
06.  Still
07.  Misery
08.  Leave Your Room Behind
09.  Light Grey
10.  If... (CD version only)
11.  End Of Words
12.  Dark Grey
13.  I'll Find

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