PRICE: $14.50
LOW STOCK LEVEL
1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
If You Had Stayed
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MONIKA 030CD MONIKA 030CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/17/2003

"Apart from their diverse solo activities -- Masha Qrella releasing a very convincing solo album, guitarist Max Punktezahl touring as a member of the Notwist, Hannes Lehmann and Rike Schuberty focusing on their acting studies -- all of them continue to form Contriva since 1997, building a centre everything else is evolving around. Storytelling is still one of the quartet's main goals without using obvious techniques such as lyrics and actual singing. Concentrating on what is essential, Contriva have found their most conclusive 'voice' so far. Guitar slides, melodious basslines as well as tight beats build the foundation for their thoughtfulness, sometimes verging on a kind of contemplation, the melancholy of a circling acoustic guitar, the playfulness of organ accents and the arousement caused by the occasional outburst of r-o-c-k all help to wipe out any notes of a self-indulgent end in itself. Contriva knows refreshing ways to by-pass both amateurism and boring expertise. Contriva flow."