Friday, May 23, 2014

Trouble Orchestra - Heiter [Audiolith Promo]

I think every music writer comes to a point in his career when one of the labels he or she has been following and supporting from day dot, possibly even built a closer relationship to over years and years in which paths regularly crossed, puts out a record that one absolutely cannot relate to. Which is tricky. So what do when this happens? Not reviewing it? Reviewing it and criticise for a reason? Listening to the newest Audiolith outing, Trouble Orchestra's debut longplay piece "Heiter", that's to come on June 6th I pretty immediately recognized that this point has come for me now.
Admittedly I've never been a huge fan or follower of the relatively young HipHop subgenre named Zeckenrap ("Zecke" is a German slang word for someone being a Punk kid speaking of a  "I don't wanna work, I just wanna drink, fuck you all, fuck society, we're so crusty and fucked up"-way whilst my own understanding of Punk is more a "Ok, I don't like the system so I've gotta move my ass and get my own things done, make my own rules, earn my own money and make pretty sure I don't have to rely on and to be dependant on the system and its rules"-thought ) which emerged from the vaults of a political, anti-fascist, anti-german, anti-sexist, left wing, mostly vegan, anti-authority and anti-capitalist German underground scene throughout the last years. Actually I haven't heard much of that as it seems to exist in a very small, autonomous community being the aforementioned underground circles in which I'm not involved as I'm not necessarily sharing their often pretty dogmatic and partly skewed world view and what I've heard regularly showcased more than questionable flows / skills when it comes to the use of language or, even more regularly, questionable statements. Now we see the six member outfit Trouble Orchestra fusing the Zeckenrap genre with what might be filed under the flag of Indie/Emo for their ten track debut that surely will reach the scene depicted as well as the hearts of young Indie girls with a clear emotional disorder - especially talking songs like the overly emotional "Graupause" or "Stadt Am Meer" here -, and possibly catch the attention of more youngsters feeling so wrong that they're doubt whether there's a place in the world where they really belong. But technically callow vocal techniques and a feel of teen angst / teen melancholia that the author and owner of these pages never really knew even in teenage years don't make up a remarkable or touching fusion at all for a writer in his mid 30s with a daily reality apparently being too far away from the bands universe.
Tl; dr. I have a clue where the Trouble Orchestra wants to go with this album, but that's far from where I am right now. Given that, I don't feel it at all.


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