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A Life Without Fear

  • 1. Ain't No Grave
    2. Frozen Absicht
    3. Strange Things
    4. Second Fire, A
    5. Die Sorge Geht Uber den Fluss
    6. Nie Wieder Schnell Sagen
    7. Misorodzi
    8. Maria & Martha
    9. Meeresbeschimpfung
    11. O Death
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66

  • Credits

    Personnel: Ekkehard Ehlers; Howard Katz Fireheart (vocals, harp); Joseph Suchy (guitar, balafon); Bjorn Gottstein (viola); Franz Hautzinger (trumpet).
    Ekkehard Ehlers is an artist who refuses to be pinned down by genre constrictions or fan expectations. Over the course of seven full-length albums and compilations he has paid tribute to Albert Ayler, produced an album of folk-tinged glitch music, reinterpreted Schoenberg, and written lullabies for newborns. So it makes perfect sense for Ehlers to reinvent himself yet again with A Life Without Fear. This time around he digs deep into the darkness and records a nine-song session of Delta blues soaked with nihilistic lyrics and fuzzed-out computer crackles and pops. His instrumentation of choice this time around varies from his other works, as he collaborates with a small-group using viola, trumpet, mouth harp, and guitar to create drones that sound like they're processed through a rusted beer can. Covering the traditional "Ain't No Grave" and Ralph Stanley's haunting "O Death," Ehlers paints a stark portrait that would be a fitting soundtrack to traveling the destroyed Deep South countryside and viewing the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. It is this disturbing tone that Ehlers serves as a reminder of just how beautifully fragile the human condition is under the strains of adversity and despair. ~ Rob Theakston

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.55) - "Ehlers and his collaborators produce inventive, exploratory, electroacoustic collages. He renders squeaks, gurgles and growls out of violin and guitar..."
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