Thank You For Not Discussing The Outside World

by Audiac

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The music of Audiac is melancholic. At times, it is even bleak and despairing. "Oh" you might say, "what a way to introduce a record. Now why should I listen to such a drab thing?" Here is why: Because Audiac's music is still so full of beauty that no matter how barren your emotional life or how bleak the view from your window might be, it still makes you want to go on exploring life for "all its useless beauty" (a quote from one of their songs but also from someone else). After an energetic opener, Audiac come up with an absolute pearl of a song: SNEAKING gives you with that four o'clock- in- the- morning- and- I- am- the- only- living- being- in- this- world- feeling.

This music tells you in a very gentle way that loneliness and despair are part of human life. It makes you feel lonely and at the same time it lets you know you're in good company. Such is the power of Audiac's music.

It took the band almost four years to record this album. By the time of finishing it, they had crammed so many ideas into it, that the songs were on the verge of bursting. So they took the tapes to Hans-Joachim Irmler and asked him to produce them. In this process, almost half the ideas went out of the window of Irmler's Klangbad-Studio. The band themselves were at this point too much immersed in their work to have the necessary distance, so Irmler did the purging work on his own (working as a sonic reducer, you might say). A setup like this would be a horror-scenario to most bands. Yet Alex Wiemer, Singer and Bassist with Audiac, thinks that a composer has to be able to let go of his work, of the idea he has of a certain composition. And so he let go of SNEAKING and was very pleased with what his partner Niklas David, keyboarder and arranger, came up with. And then they were both happy with what Irmler made of it. All their channels are open, as Alex says.

This process has brought out what is really good about these songs. For example: On WHAT I AM TODAY their musical ideas were minimized to a maximum effect. That piano lick you can hear throughout the song is pure genius, and when it comes to stand alone at the end, you find yourself wishing it would go on forever, such is its inherent beauty.

Maybe this music will affect people on the inside because it was done in very hermetic way. All of the tracks to this album were recorded in a small room in Tübingen, Germany, by two old-time friends, who knew each other from school-days. This is not music for big halls or discotheques, it is for small rooms, stuffed with personal memorabilia or for car-rides through the rain. It is extremely personal and works best on a one-to-one-basis. Which is an explanation of its album's title.

Another interpretation of the title is that Audiac's music leaves out 99% of all other music that is currently around and clogging up our ears. This is in no way Rock of Pop, but something idiosyncratic (ok, all liner notes want to make you believe that), something with its roots more in a European music tradition. It has a lot in common with classical music and thus could be called a fine circum-navigation of the all rock-stereotypes. Given the musical output of today and Audiac's unwillingness to mix with that, their title comes as a sigh from the heart of anybody really into music: Thank you for not discussing the outside world.

Ralf Bei der Kellen

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released November 16, 2003

All songs written by David & Wiemer
except Hey Joe (Traditional)
Freibank: Edition Freispiel 2003
Klangbad 2003

Coverdesign: Apfel Zet, Berlin

Klangarbeiter: Bruno Gebhard
Produced by Hans Joachim Irmler

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Track Name: The Zipper
mmmh
zip
faceless
the otherness
the great unknown pleasure
free of ulterior motives
no power game
just take me
the A1-fuck
free of all remorse and guilt
no talk at all
take me
I know what to do
don't hesitate
trust me
Track Name: Everybody's Sneaking, Baby
everybody's sneaking baby
sneak from warmth to warmth
that's the way it goes
everybody's jumping baby
jump from heart to heart
from fur to fur
6 in the evening
eat a bite
go to sleep
2 in the night
get up
and do the catwalk
an endless stroll
tiny little moons
a torn dress
sneak into the night culture
everybody's sneaking baby
sneak from warmth to warmth
that's the way it goes
everybody's jumping baby
jump from heart to heart
from fur to fur
stay loose
when I kiss you
right in the middle of nothing
c'est ridicule
ma bête
we know what we're in for it
we've slept for years
beneath a thundercloud
Track Name: Gagarin
above the world
where our hearts are high
stars will shine twice as bright than tonight
I wanna spread the wisdom I cruised
reach point alpha
the creative blackhole
all this useless beauty
all this useless beauty
be in my head and in my understanding
be in my eyes and in my booking
be in my mouth and in my speaking
be in my heart and in my thinking
stars will shine twice as bright than tonight
they will hit us much more radiant!
than ever before
I wanna spread the wisdom I cruised
reach the core of all energy
reach god's womb
all this useless beauty
all this useless beauty
be in my head and in my understanding
be in my eyes and in my booking
be in my mouth and in my speaking
be in my heart and in my thinking
beyond this world
deep into our core
it will hit us much more radiant! king size!
than ever before
all energy will meet one day
spiritualize the space
Track Name: What I Am Today
close to me
that's how I feel she dances
a little warm death
eating me up
inside outside inside my blood
she comes and goes
and is still here
just like the trick that goes like this
just like the prick she is
I'm talking about the short ache in my body
yes I'm talking about
the flick of the switch
that makes me cool
that makes me cold cold cold
yes I come and go
and I'm still here
waiting for the next bite
I am waiting for the one
who made me
what I am today
Track Name: Vanity Fair
she says
come on silk face
let's go get some white love g
it's astounding
it's absolutely bright as day
we could go through all there is
and nestle easy into bliss
such a beauty
loves to love blanche g
we love me and me love we
she says
we could go hunting
with a mean mean super swing
past every offer
right on to the check-out
checkin out this soul thing sister
dip in and out of bliss
so much beauty
mercy
merci beaucoup
we love me and me love we
Track Name: Melancholic Outs
melancholic outs
in the back of the house
downhill
ghetto-blaster
late september
everytime the beat collapses
melancholic outs
in the kitchen
still
look at the top of my shoe
just about to rain
everytime the beat collapses
mmh that stubborn mood is closin in on me
I must be losin my grip
heaven! I heard
haven't I heard something
breaking
or did the record just flip
melancholic outs
on a chair
dreamwards
telephone!
I could but I won't
everything changes and remains the same
melancholic outs
my dear dame
my dear impudent dame
miss melancholy
mmh that stubborn mood is closin in on me
I must be losin my grip
heaven! I heard
haven't I heard something
breaking
or did the needle just skip
Track Name: Beausoleil
it's gift
almost sometimes
a knot simply broken
a word softly spoken from behind
it's gift
a sweet delight
a hum inside your pillow
a breath that wakes you up at night
if I were a thought to die
a dream that you can't mend
would you still remember me
could you pretend that it's a gift
so fine so fine so fine
to play love when it ain't there yet
to kiss and kill
to wake to joy
cute is the song
how cute is the song
fine is the fiction
how fine is the fiction
so fine so fine so fine