So Waltz

by Audiac

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So Waltz 05:05
Sometimes baby’s not involved Feels like a motherless cloud in the air And it’s not love He thinks he’s high So near not yet there So what so waltz She knows they’re swaying to and fro Holding each other so tight and close Still keeping the distance As if you’d try to touch the sky with your toes We’ve traded in love for an affair Trespassing every this & that Stealing a kiss On the top of the stairs is What it waltz=waltz Turning fast and turning slow You cannot waltz but you understand It‘s easy like saying hello
No sense no sense of time The days have no sense of time We got together without speaking All is said and done One minute lasts a lifetime and carries Such a heavy load The meal got cold The music faded out And now you move like you never moved before You move like you never moved before When crying was laughing And laughing was crying Almost every comfort tasted acidly Like a run-out battery No sense of time Nobody knows where it has gone But it’s not there anymore The days have no sense of time What goes on goes on That’s the hardest thing Day after day each day goes on And we’re still alive yes we’re still alive The way our future was Is just like the past could be A battery In your mouth A battery runs out in your mouth
Any time we meet It gets cool and warm Up and down the town In and out of the heat Here there Anywhere we do meet A change has come Go catch a fast plane And rearrange every loving man’s burden That seems to be down Down on me Any mouth any engine Freezes up tonight An all the stars run down in An instant coffee Just when you whisper to me Let us believe in miracles
Makes you feel the lord The old world has lost its shape and The new one finds us alone in a game A game that won’t end Can’t end No never Touch my womb my simple face We’re not bound to anything So sweet There ain’t no rule there’s no limitation Because of you My sweet The sweetest confession of my life My sweet The sweetest possession of my life We’re not bound to anything
A change of the beat May be another way to live So please give us some of it All of the standards we owed have grown old Grown cold Once I was promised bliss I guess promises are made of this You were raised to miss what you have got Now you keep the income of such a small love The currency we fought for is here What you need is what I am What you need is Hit and run Hit and run
Broke 04:32
Babe I came to terms with our situation and I’m keeping up the upshot Like sugar cubes So we can even afford some Little depression once a week The house is silent and the roof is open TV and radio Even the Net seems to be far ’Cause we’re the only happening Grace is either keeping me calm or Warms up my gun We need not force a step We’re by circumstances fed In the long run you’ll know it baby In the long run The house is silent and the roof is open TV and radio Even the Net seems to be far We‘re Happening
Dreamadream 04:25
Doberman 05:20
Keep away from the sun Don’t feel anything but light It’s all black inside Down in your yard I stand and turn in silence See me crack See me end Curdled and frozen Like glass I’m not ready for you to not be here I follow my blood A 100+ years
There is a situation of ease When everything is going well In this phase the intensity of emotion may be fairly low It sparkles Cuddles up to you But don’t taste good at all These editions of sweet dreams Fly in and fly out again I’ve been hugged so much I only have fur left inside my ears And the rest of me = threads When you say my name
Lay yourself down Stay here my love The sun moon and the stars Won’t spin and swing If we don’t give them a shove A million sights and sounds May wither and never get close Touch like fingers do a doll Till your mind’s made up to Lay down Lay down stay here All that jazz can’t keep us from Laying down staying pissed We’ve chosen hell And we feel warm enough A million sights and sounds May always wither and never get close Touch like fingers do a doll Till your mind’s made up to Lay down Lay down my love Now I lay me down to sleep I feel the world repeat repeat Lay down Lay down my love


What do you do, when on first listening, an album appears unwieldy, seems to be crying out for attention, yet at the same time suggests a great deal is to be discovered in it musically? Listen to it again, perhaps even put it on “repeat”. Quite predictably, a phenomenon will be heard, one we know of from other complex music constituting moments, fragments of melodies, unexpected chord changes that bore themselves into our unconscious and while residing there begin to develop a veritable life of their own.

Audiac, a duo, located in Tübingen and Hamburg, made up of Alexander Wiemer van Veen and Niklas David, promise their listeners an enormous amount. Each song is a journey into sound, each strophe - a sonic adventure, each refrain - dreamlike. This we know of Audiac. Their debut album of 14 years ago “Thank You for Not Discussing the Outside World” was a unique immersion in sound – it earned the band a stable ranking on’s renowned list. Go to Trip-Hop where their listeners’ choice stoutly maintains Audiac between Portishead and Massive Attack.

14 years later, Audiac are bathing in sound again, with their second album, produced again by Hans Joachim Irmler, founding member of Faust, the legendary experimental “Krautrock” outfit of the early to mid-1970s.

“The years pass by, we kept on tinkering. In a world where record sales no longer count for anything, then really it is just about the best possible artistic work. We surprised ourselves when, all of a sudden, we held the finished album in our hands,” said Niklas David who lives and works in Hamburg composing melodies and soundscapes only to be heard on Audiac discs.

Alexander Wiemer van Veen: “In Tübingen, I’d often rehearse a song with the guitar, but always only send Niklas the song melody – from it he would build into it quite different melodies, completely new sound worlds, around my song. In turn, I would comment musically – this is the way we sent our music files to-and-fro – for a decade.”

In this manner, the complex arrangements refer back to a sensitive and eclectic musical taste of which both Audiac members are possessed. In the Faust studio in Scheer, Alexander Wiemer van Veen recorded the final vocal corrections, bringing to an end an incredible 14 years of production time.

Alexander Wiemer van Veen: “It’s quite breath-taking really, how Hans-Joachim Irmler supervised the album over the entire period and never once put us under any pressure.”

The result is “So Waltz” – an absurd wordplay - ten musical diamonds that grow with each listening. The choruses, piano scores, horn phrases, distorted organ melodies, not least Alexander van Veen’s sententious voice, all combine -thanks to Hans-Joachim Irmler’s magic fingers in the final and most accomplished stereo mix - to a far greater whole.

With its roots in the German Romantic Lied, chansons, theatre music traditions and the burlesque, it is surely only a matter of time for Audiac to be discovered, not only by music lovers, but by the film world - Audiac’s music is filmic and its songs shamanic.

Max Dax


released October 20, 2017

Recorded at Faust Studio, Scheer, Germany
Engineered by Andreas Schmid
Mixed by Hans-Joachim Irmler
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios, New Windsor, NY, USA
Cover photo by David Koenigsmann
Sleeve design by Apfel Zet, Berlin
Produced by Hans-Joachim Irmler


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