03 Wer hören will muss schweigen
09 Haben und Brauchen
10 Wo bleiben wir
Every time has its voices, every era has its singers. If these singers are able to illustrate the specifics of their time and take us by the hand, showing us a new conceivability and let us recognize what we have to do with it their voices will remain with us. And they will make us realize that we are a part of it, we are there, right in the middle. These artists remain a rare breed and they are the ones who not only say something but tell it and they leave us in bliss, and a tiny bit more geared-up for our everyday’s life. Their contribution is here and now, truthful but transient at the same time. And you know why? It’s life, nothing more, nothing less.
Friedemanns debut album “Uhr vs, Zeit” (released on Exile On Mainstream in 2014) is one of these records who not only deal with the above mentioned approaches, it is one timeless masterpiece in whose contents individuals and society, personal destiny and social life, meta level and microcosm are interwoven to one blissful flow, equipped with true words and a meaning, but without palaver – yet simple but chignon and in the words’ best meaning: music for everyone. Someone found a voice and has been using it.
Now Friedemann delivers the sophomore album “Wer hören will muss schweigen” (‘One who wants to listen, gotta keep quiet’) and tidies up this voice: more rhythm, more melodies, more topics, more thoughts and…more joy. The whole album draws from his search for new ways of expression while channeling in experiences from the past year, touring and maintaining his rural lifestyle. This all is woven into poetry describing how oddity and sense of responsibilty, alterity and community are not antagonisms anymore. Again: Life. Friedemann sings about it and one can feel how much he loves life and we are invited to follow. The life he lives illustrates the songs with a profoundness one can feel even if you’re not familiar with his lifestyle.
“Wer hören will muss schweigen” was recorded at Schrathaus Studio Greifswald and La Grange art space in Bergen on Ruegen island in summer 2015, again engineered by Friedemanns fellow Janko Moede (who also lends guitar and percussion skills to the recording and is part of Friedemanns live setup). On bass is Matthias Arndt of COR who also belongs to Friedemanns live band. The album features guest appearances by Gunnar, singer of German Punkrock legends Dritte Wahl, Sandra, who sings a duet with Friedemann and Judith playing Accordion. The record was mixed and mastered by Dirk Burke. Artwork appears courtesy of Mr. Conny Ochs.