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Paul Kalkbrenner – Berlin Calling Vol. 1 / BPitch Control– BPC198 (EU12")
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Berlin Calling is undoubtedly part of the film highlights of 2009. Hannes Stöhr's fictitious drama based around the up-and-coming Berlin musician and Toxicomaniac Ickarus skillfully distances itself from 'hip' biopics and instead offers one hundred percent of authenticity and classic storytelling. What is surprising is the ease and the speed with which the dramatic - and even in parts tragic - story is presented. This balance act succeeds not only with images, but also with Paul Kalkbrenner's congenial soundtrack accomplishes that feat effortlessly.
Finally, after the 'hymn' Sky and Sand, comes the second release as a 12” EP. Thematically, the title song is closely related to Sky and
Sand, and the three tracks form an absolutely harmonious trilogy, not only perfectly transporting the film's atmosphere, but actually generating it on their own. Even if you don't know the images, you will soon get the impression of a subliminal, compulsively seething energy - and at the same time that of devouring emptiness, cycling faster and faster around aimlessness. Square (A1) with its widely expansive structure incorporates the most of the anthemic character of Sky and Sand, meandering between forsakenness and calm, with a beat that works as relentlessly as a motor. Aaron (B1) on the other hand, appears like a reflection of the A-side: a slightly acoustic sounding interlude
with a bouncy beat that seems like a welcome opportunity to take a breath and put the spirits of the night back at a distance for a while. Azure (B2) is a hit. Period. A gentle, almost conservative beginning gives way to the initially
muted, but ever manically growing, big emptiness of the protagonist. The common theme of the whole soundtrack now emerges like an echo of all tracks - the beat unstoppably marches forward, but without the outlook of a relief,
back into the mist of the night. To be continued...
A: Square 1