KREIDLER \"Spells And Daubs\" release show
Tonality Dave Diamond LIVE 20:30
Valerie Renay LIVE 21:00
Kreidler LIVE 21:40
Andreas Reihse DJ set: 23:00
In a year of the moon, Kreidler have produced the album SPELLS AND DAUBS. In a year of the moon – and in a year with 13 moons. Such years are known for not being the most comfortable. In September 2020 the band met for exploratory sessions and initial recordings in Düsseldorf, in the familiar settings of the Kabawil Theater. That already has a certain tradition. The impetus this time was a solitary gig in the conspicuously spacious surroundings of the (former) Philipshalle. In a year that threw everyone back on themselves. Over the winter Kreidler worked remotely, sifting through the material, arranging the pieces, adding textures and contours. They met again in the spring of 2021 for further recordings at the Uhrwerk Orange studio in Hilden, near Düsseldorf. That, too, has a certain tradition. From fifteen pieces they filtered out ten, and thus held an album in their hands. Then – and this is new – they took it to London, to Peter Walsh, so that he could mix the tracks.
Daubs are in no doubt here. This is a tenfold of colourful-blotches-thrown-onto-canvas. Then a stepping back, contemplating, remixing paint, layering, overlaying, scraping free again elsewhere. And these spells are not devastating curses, rather they are enchanting incantations, a calling forth a spring without having to ban winter in a somber masks. SPELLS AND DAUBS is a melodious interplay. Not that Kreidler neglect the rhythmic; their characteristic drive runs through all the pieces on SPELLS AND DAUBS. Perhaps it's like this: The beat is musicalised, the melody rhythmitised.
SPELLS AND DAUBS is like a collection of short stories. Its ten pieces explore the same space drawn together by an overlaying arc. All of them have the length of a single, and each one has the potential of a single in the way the arrangements are laid out – so enticing is the melodic line and the beat. This succinctness was perhaps last heard on the 2000 eponymous Kreidler album. The drums are powerful with a light swing. The bass alternates beyond its functionality and its indicator just of the low frequency, swoops up and takes over the melodic lead. Perhaps most beautiful in the irresistible pop gems Arena, Unframed Drawings, and Revery. Aptly Alex Paulick moved to the fretless Bass – conjuring the spirit of Mick Karn.
Valerie Renay is a performer and musician based in Berlin since 2006. Valerie Renay creates performance work and music holding the emotional body at its core. The lo-fi production in its rawness brings out the heartfelf and visceral melodic quality of her music.
Valerie is one half of art-pop duo Noblesse oblige (with Sebastian Lee Philipp/ Die Wilde Jagd)
TONALITY DAVE DIAMOND is Paris-based musician and musical software engineer DAVID PAULICK. An expert in microtonality his most recent project is the webaudio/webmidi application Tonality Diamond. At Arkaoda he will present a microtonal ambient set.
This event was made possible with funding by NEUSTART KULTUR