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HOWLING

"Innervisions throw out a curveball in the form of the collaboration between Los Angeles’ singer and songwriter Ry Cumming and Berlin’s Frank Wiedemann of Âme fame. ‘Howling’ keeps it simple with seductive vocals from Cummings and an acoustic guitar and a constant unsyncopated beat whilst the Âme remix keeps the vocal intact but replaces Cummings’ strings for a driving, yet restrained rhythm." - BLEEP

Though they come from quite opposite ends of the spectrum, there’s a tangible sense of understanding and appreciation between singer/producer/cult artist Ry X and producer/live electronic artist/label owner Frank Wiedemann. The former hails from a background of folk-pop songs that revolve around freeness and simplicity; the latter remains a king in the underground as 1/2 of Âme, with layered productions that build around a tight 4/4 structure. One had a wild bohemian upbringing in remote Australia, the other grew up in Karlsruhe, a forward-thinking hub of science and technology in Southwest Germany. One lives in Los Angeles, the other 9 hours ahead in Berlin. Both Frank and Ry X often use the word “magic” when describing their productions, their live performances, and the project as a whole. And for good reason: there’s a special sense of happenstance and symbiosis to everything surrounding Howling, from the way they met (over a Skype video chat with a mutual friend, having no knowledge of each other’s music), to their first project (a sketch that became an unintentional hit), to their first live performances. Asked to perform at a Berlin radio station and Watergate (having never performed – or even played – together previously), during their first soundchecks they found themselves improvising naturally, intuitively, and unendingly, and recorded the sessions. Those recordings began forming a larger body of work, unforeseen to either artist, in a way that’s nothing short of, indeed, magic: their debut album ‘Sacred Ground’ is out now on Monkeytown/Counter Records.

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30
Mar
HOWLING
Berlin
Funkhaus
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