What a pleasant surprise when violinist and singer Meri (former Eluveitie, Irij) asked me if I would be interested to join her to collaborate on new songs for MERI. She sent me some demos and I was more than convinced that something special was served on a silver plate. Even though it’s new musical territory for me, I connected quickly to this style of music. We started right away exchanging ideas. From Ireland to Switzerland and back again. It felt very familiar, as if we had known each other forever. We filled the blank canvas with all kinds of musical colors. From pitch black to shining bright tones – you name it. She’s such a gifted musician and a wonderful human being. It’s real fun and inspiring to work with Meri. Her songwriting is far away from mainstream. Something I really appreciate and admire. I am sure that the outcome will be one of a kind.
2020 is almost over. A strange year indeed. Many had health issues, others financial problems or both. I am grateful that me and my family is doing fine and I can keep on doing what I love the most. Making music. I am also grateful for all the people out there who supported me, made me laugh, made me feel good and helped me to cope with all that bullshit. Next year will be very exciting when it comes to musical projects. I wish you already Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and sound, make love and listen to good music.
I am working on a new track for Sulfur Kings called “Blues In Funeral Minor”. An eight minute instrumental that reflects this crazy year of COVID-19 and other odd and irritating stuff that was and still is going on. COVID-19 is not only affecting our health but also our friendships. Latter is even more frightening…
I used to have a pretty big record collection back then. But the compact disc ruined it all…
When I was a teenager I had about 600 to 700 records. I was proud of my collection but then CD came around. I wanted to be an early adapter and started to sell all my albums to buy them on CD. What a big mistake… Many decades later I decided to release “Songs Like Horses” on vinyl. You will receive a test pressing before the real production starts. But how should I listen to a test pressing without owning a turntable?? Good question. I ordered an Audio-Technica turntable for a small amount of money. There were also some albums in my shelve. Presents from my good friend Tom G. Fischer (two Triptykon albums), and some LP that I purchased because of the fancy format and artwork. It was like coming home. Listening to the needle dropping onto the vinyl. Light crackles before the music started. I hadn’t a clue how much I missed that. It’s such a different hearing experience. Now I am starting to build up a new collection. Piece by piece. If you are curious what I am listening to, check out my (very tiny) collection on Discogs.
The second single “Road Movie” from the upcoming album “Songs Like Horses” is out now! Buy it on Bandcamp. Amazon, iTunes or Google Play. Also available on Spotify, Deezer etc. Here are some links for you!
And because you guys are awesome, you can download the song for FREE on Bandcamp. Get it here