Out of Chaos
Swiss artist Dieter Meier, the voice of Yello, releases his first solo album. The 12-track album sounds like a magical sound-alchemy made of chanson, electro and dub. Realized with various musicians and producers including Thomas Wydler (drummer in Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds), Nackt (producer for Mute recording artist Apparat), Ben Lauber (producer, synthesizer), Ephrem Lchinger (piano), Tobias Preisig (violin), Nicolas Rüttimann (guitar), and electropunk pioneer & producer T.Raumschmiere aka Marco Haas. The most exciting stories that happen to us are the ones that life itself seems to write the script to. You just need to put your hands onto them. If there's an expert on this matter, then it is certainly Meier, who now, at almost 69 years of age, is releasing his first solo album. Be it performance art, his work with Yello, or his winery, Dieter Meier dislikes the routine, which we ordinarily call day-to-day-life. His solo debut is called Out of Chaos, a reference to chaos itself; to the possibility that, at least theoretically, everything is achievable anytime. It all started on a reading tour accompanying the film Touch Yello, when Dieter Meier, inspired by his long-time Berlin friend and colleague Marcus Herold, brought along a handful of newly-written songs and performed them with jazz-violinist Tobias Preisig and guitarist Nicolas Rüttimann. Meier, who (apart from two exceptions in London and New York) never performed live with Yello at all, soon fancied the live situation and went on writing new pieces. Herold called Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds-drummer Thomas Wydler, pianist Ephrem Lchinger joined up, and shortly after, newer versions of Out of Chaos songs found their way to the stage, such as at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Volksbhne, Berlin. In the summer of 2013, Meier eventually found an open-minded, experimental producer trio in Berlin: Nackt (Warren Suicide, Apparat, et al.), Ben Lauber (Apparat, et al.), and T.Raumschmiere, all of them big fans of Meier's work, teamed up with the first generation Out of Chaos band at Chez Cherie Studios in Neuklln to arrange, re-arrange, discuss, discard, research, jam, and eventually record in a series of sessions which are now an album. The result is a grand record starring Dieter Meier, standing at the bar of his life and musing about the rivers of time. Sometimes his songs sound like electro-acoustic Yello tracks, sometimes like a tender ex-lovers-blues from under the sea, and sometimes you find a post-punk nerve. And like any other stage Dieter Meier walked onto before, be it as an artist of all genres or as a singer/songwriter, on Out of Chaos he re-invents himself into a new world.