After moving to and recording in Berlin their third album A Sea of Trees has just been released. The Blue Angel Lounge’s inspirations depend to a large extent on the work of The Velvet Underground. Nils Ottensmeyer’s distinctive, powerful voice is often described as ‘nico’esque’ – how fitting, as they take their name from the club in New York where Nico did her first live performances.
Since the foundation in 2006 in Hohenlimburg, Western Germany, the band quickly developed their dark psychedelic sound and collected a wide range of experiences, including a US support tour for The Brian Jonestown Massacre and festivals such as Austin Psych Fest, Roskilde and Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. After the international breakthrough in the UK, US and France, now even Germany actually realizes the potential of their musical masterpieces. The band’s new album contains elegic, spherical carpets of sounds and rhythmic monotony that casts a spell on the listener. Combinations of guitar lines with harmonium tunes are carried through whole the work.
Eleven pieces of mystical preachings by sermonizer Ottensmeyer are embedded in a cloud of instrumental experiences and driven by a constant rhythm that stops in time to continue the walk through another world, a world that seems unexplored. The Blue Angel Lounge know the ropes, how to guide dark trips along a small ridge that splits abyss and ecstasy. For the song ‘Mutter’ the language switches to German. The lyrics deal with big sorrows rooted in the past and connect the origin with the present and future. ‘Walls’ continues with the topic, treating the difficulty of looking through walls consisting of illusionary safety. But these are just my assumptions. The songs are written in a way everybody is able to rediscover and feel themselves in it. A Sea of Trees picks you up from where you’re situated and takes you on a journey into the unknown.
05.07. Paris – Psych Fest (FR)
11.10. Chemnitz – Weltecho (DE)
12.10. Berlin – Comet Club (DE)
15.10. Wiesbaden – Schlachthof (DE)
17.10. Hannover – Café Glocksee (DE)
18.10. Hamburg – Kleiner Donner (DE)