This album has been described as having Blixa Bargeld's most personal lyrics. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking. If you enjoy The Quietus, please consider supporting what we do with a one-off or regular donation. Still Smiling is an album whose special vision covers all the sky between Rome and Berlin, daytime and nocturnal.
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The rhythm is done not with drums or any type of percussion instrument. Halfway through, the cello strokes return and Bargeld announces "Ich bin ein kleines Axolotl Still Smiling is an album of opposites; simple yet intricate, poppy yet experimental, emotionally driven yet diligently composed.
Yet, the experimental and versatile nature of each artist makes the pairing a match made in heaven; teeho to Still Smiling sounding both familiar and strange at the same time. Teho Tearado and Blixa Bergeld work perfectly together to create an album that revels sensitive conflict in the artists, but is still able to remain dignified and sophisticated. Excellent review my friend. Graveyard September 6th Comments. Though the lyrics are detailed, they feel very humble, like a man traveling through life writing his ideas of heaven, death and the purposes of life.
Oh I remember that horse Bargeld's voice sounds very stikl and impassioned, though he rarely delvers lyrics louder than speaking volume. Its sequencing and structure is no doubt so eloquent thanks to Teardo's history in film and theatre.
Because of zmiling, each beat, each note has a slight inflection giving the music a very warm, passionate feeling. The old stuff is noisey industrial weirdness. Would have been in my top 3 of Site Copyright Sputnikmusic. It looks like you're using an adblocker. September 6th Comments. Even when he is speaking a language I don't understand I am still completely entranced.
Two artistic geniuses come together to make a revealing, passionate and sophisticated album. Still Smiling is a playful, intelligent album, a series of personal and observational sketches of a disquieting world. An album recommended for those looking for music that is unique but is still refined and elegant.
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld
The Balanescu Quartet also give a great performance on three of the tracks, especially on 'Come Up And See Me', with its almost histrionic ballet between strings and a pleading vocal of "come up and see me some time" over roughly clacking rhythms. Still Smiling is an album whose special vision covers all simling sky between Rome and Berlin, daytime and nocturnal. Blixa Bargeld - voice, hammond organ, clavichord, electric slide guitar, water percussion, re-arrangements, glockenspiel.
The album has been written and recorded between Berlin and Rome, it took nearly two years to be made, Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and silence.
Gentle electronics flow through the music, so soft they may be missed on smiliny initial listen, but go to elevate the music to a spine chilling emotional level.
The two musicians have a trail of high quality releases though in seeming separate spectrums.
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ShitsofRain September 7th Comments. Opiate Birth Subliminal Lacerations. Musically, Still Smiling is so absorbing and enduring a listen thanks to its range of melodic ideas and well-executed experimentation.
Are you going back to play with Nick? You have to be logged in to post a comment. You heard Mick Harvey's solo stuff?