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A Heart & Two Stars

QS 154CD QS 154CD

Music AM = Luke Sutherland (Mogwai, Long Fine Killie); Volker Bertelmann (Tontraeger); Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot, Mapstation). "A textbook case of how a band might get together: what's conceived and desired from within, ensues without. Three individuals, three attitudes, three paths, influences, backgrounds and visions complimenting one another, composing then recording what transpires, meticulously organizing, talking, falling silent, selecting, ultimately realising the highest common denominator: Music A.M. And now their first album is here -- A Heart & Two Stars -- the title at once alluding, if you will, to the creative triumvirate, whose collective name in turn extols the early morning, itself a radiant metaphor for inception, something new, hope. Musically speaking, Music A.M. has carefully, almost bashfully woven diverse stylistic threads together: contemplative, ambient electronica, textures from country, folk and pop music, the structural ease of what is known as post-rock, and finally a synaestheticism, which I call 'data pop'. A Heart & Two Stars is cheered by its inherent wistfulness, anaesthetized by atmospheric calm and reserve, muddled by one's own nightly dreams which, when transported into daylight, become fantastic, comical everyday stories. Luke Sutherland sings as one who would be silent, whilst the instruments are played as though they were listening. Music A.M. does not purvey a torpid, pseudo-romantic, introspective indie-electronica, having discovered instead its own narrative mode, which, given the choice between the reference points Yesterday and Today, chooses Tomorrow as the beloved Present. Music, which my ears long to hear when, in the first light of day, my eyes behold something which makes me smile." -- Tobias Thomas