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ARTIST
TITLE
Rumpelzirkus
FORMAT
CD

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STATT 002CD STATT 002CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/15/2007

This is Zürich-based Sascha Winkler's (aka Kalabrese) debut full-length release. Eleven songs stumble jollily forward with stimulated jabbering like little mountain torrents which are searching for their bed -- plashing over pebbles, running into small basins, sometimes quiet, sometimes loud. Rumpelzirkus also features contributions from Kate Wax, who has lent her voice to "Not The Same Shoes," Flo Götte, who plays the bass on "Body Tight," and the trombonist Michael Flury as well as Da Mezga and Guillermo Sohrya. Kalabrese has previously released on the Perlon label, and has long since proved his ability to create music that you can't pigeonhole. Classical instruments were used for this album, and skilled percussionist Winkler throws everyday sounds from the kitchen and garden in along with it all. Sounding at times like a spontaneous live session with good buddies, Rumpelzirkus is an absolutely individual album with everything on it, that lacerates the heart or unburdens it -- a collection of potential favorite songs. Philip Sherburne compares this album to Isolée's lauded release, We Are Monster, and asserts that "...even there the two musicians don't really sound that much alike; what they share is a commitment to infusing the house format with all the spongy uncertainties of breath, slipping fingertips and room tone, and to morphing dance music's linear structure into a form just as groovily functional, but with far less predictable follow-through. Isolée was 2005's unlikely crossover hit; I suspect that in this Swiss sleeper genius we may have found this year's."