Background/Info: Phillipp Bückle (owner of Tarkovsky Green Records) and Karen Vogt (still involved with Heligoland) met in Paris and decided to work together. Bückle is a German musician and filmmaker while Vogt is an Australian musician based in Paris (France).
Content: “Before we rise” might appeal to lovers of Hooverphonic, Portishead and co. There clearly is a trip-pop inspired sound driven through the songs. The production has something minimal-like (especially at the opening cut), but still sensual through the slow rhythm and Karen Vogt’s timbre of voice.
+ + + : “Before We Rise” features 5 different songs and especially the first three are worthy of examination. First there’s the heavenly and emotional singing of Karen Vogt and next there’s this sensual melancholia emerging from the rhythms and the music arrangements.
– – – : Both last cuts are less inspired and not convincing at all.
Conclusion: Bückle / Vogt have created an intimate- and exciting work, which is an experience I hope they’ll renew.
Best songs: “Orange Blue”, “Before You Rise”, “Layers”.