Weird Beauty

Edition #33 • Schattenmusik, De Staat, BARON.E, Robert Görl (DAF), Prix Garanti

Weird Beauty
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Some songs are beautiful. Others are weird. And then, some songs are both because there's a beauty in weirdness.

Today's selection features songs that probably fall in all of those three categories. It feels a bit like life: full of wonders and strangeness, where light and darkness collide—packed with doubt and confidence. Some tracks are loud; others celebrate silence.

All the best,

Schattenmusik – Tote Tauben

Sinister brilliance, dark poetry—it's the unreal yet highly graspable world of Schattenmusik. Rote Wangen is the first EP of two brothers, and Tote Tauben their entry into today's edition.

Tote Tauben is nothing more than an obscure piano piece, laced with conspirational vocal harmonies. It sounds so simple when you write it down. But listening to this song… man, it's an otherworldly experience. The melody swings back and forth between a child's innocence and an old man's regret.

Words cannot entirely capture the feeling that Tote Tauben evokes. It's a deep sadness but mixed with a strange kind of calm about it. Just stunning.