Released by Monika
M64 - CD/Digital

Release Dates
Worldwide: Oct 31, 2008

The info to Barbara Morgenstern’s previous album, The Grass Is Always Greener (monika48), still refered to her as an „electro-pop icon“. This tag, with which she has been associated since the early days of the Berlin living room scene, no longer really fits. read more...

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Doppelstern Doppelstern
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital/Promo/LP - Sep 25, 2015
Beide Beide
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
10”/Digital - Aug 14, 2015
Silence Sweater EP Silence Sweater EP
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
Digital - Sep 28, 2012
Sweet Silence Sweet Silence
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital/Promo - Jun 08, 2012
Fan No. 3 Fan No. 3
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
Digital - Feb 11, 2011
Fan No. 2 Fan No. 2
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
2CD/Digital - Sep 17, 2010
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital - Oct 31, 2008
Come To Berlin Mixes Come To Berlin Mixes
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
12”/Digital - Sep 19, 2008
The Grass Is Always Greener The Grass Is Always Greener
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital/LP - Apr 21, 2006
The Operator The Operator
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
MCD/Digital/7” - Mar 24, 2006
Tesri Tesri
by Morgenstern / Lippok Monika
CD/LP/Digital - Apr 24, 2005
Nichts Muss Nichts Muss
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital/LP - Mar 03, 2003
Himmel Mixe Himmel Mixe
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
12”/Digital - Feb 24, 2003
Eine Verabredung Eine Verabredung
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
10”/Digital - Jun 01, 2001
Fjorden Fjorden
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital - Oct 01, 2000
Vermona Et6-1 Vermona Et6-1
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
CD/Digital - Oct 10, 1998
Fan No. 1 Fan No. 1
by Barbara Morgenstern Monika
12”/Digital - Mar 03, 1998

Barbara Morgenstern. BM

Monika - M64

The info to Barbara Morgenstern’s previous album, The Grass Is Always Greener (monika48), still refered to her as an „electro-pop icon“. This tag, with which she has been associated since the early days of the Berlin living room scene, no longer really fits. The lightness that was so characteristic of her last album has given way to new depths. What was minimal before is now far more complex, even weighty.
Barbara Morgenstern’s latest pop music creation is utterly captivating and mesmerizing. BM is interspersed with distortions, cacophonies and bouncing rhythms. With such a back-drop the sweeping pop moments with their wide panoramas which make the heart soar, only seem all the more vast. And it’s really cool, on Morbus Basedow for example, the way hard noise gives way to what is tried and tested pop after all. On the whole Morgenstern’s music on BM is as unpredicatble as never before. The patterns emerging from the piano are reminiscent of the ballads and chansons of Brecht and Weill. While the ever present electric guitar on the other hand, played by Sven Janetzko, just wants to rock. Multifarious patterns criss cross and knock each other off course causing tension. And in the background things bubble up from the depths – like gnawing doubts which are constantly squeeking or scraping away somewhere.
This Barbara Morgenstern’s 5th album for Monika Enterprise is eclectic like none of her previous releases. No song is quite like any other. As a result Morgenstern manages to capture and hold the listeners attention throughout so that suddenly you are listening more closely than before. Some arrangements comply with clear pop mechanisms while others, in contrast, are more idiosyncratic. Off-beats and polyrhythms are subtly presented to the listener. Throughout the album Barbara’s melodious and soft singing voice forms the center of attention, but right and left, above and below, there is always something very different happening. It’s as if the music is the subtext to the thoughtful lyrics with their often unusual meter. The lyrics are very political in content, like on (the single) Come To Berlin, a piece about the shocking city planning in Berlin.
On the ghostlike Jakarta Morgenstern looks back on alarming travel experiences. And in Reich & Berühmt (trans. Rich and Famous) she thematises her socialisation. Barbara Morgenstern sings mostly in German, occasionally in English, and once even in Polish. On the fragile and romantic piece Camouflage a long held dream came true for Barbara Morgenstern. This wonderful collaboration with Robert Wyatt occured mainly via postal correspondance, so really is mail art.
Barbara Morgenstern already swapped her legendary Vermona organ for a Piano on her last album, The Grass Is Always Greener. For BM again she traded the piano in – this time for a Bechstein grand piano, which stands in the main hall of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin. As leader of the Chor der Kulturen der Welt (Choir of Wolrd Culture) the grand piano and hall were at her disposal for recording the album. And you can really hear the size of the instrument, and the concert hall, when Morgenstern lets loose on one of the many uplifting choruses on BM. Without a doubt, she still writes beautifully plaintive pop songs, even if they are far removed in style from the compostions we are used to from her.
The many counterpoints to the, in the main, friendly piano arpeggios; the lovely string arrangements by Julia Kent, cellist for Anthony and the Johnsons; the unexpected changes and turns; the new versatility – all this makes BM the most unusual and perhaps most important album that Barbara Morgenstern has presented yet. M64
Format: CD/Digital


1. Driving My Car
2. Come To Berlin
3. Reich & Berühmt
4. Deine Geschichte
5. Für Luise
6. Camouflage
7. Hochhaus
8. Velocity
9. Morbus Basedow
10. Monokultur
11. Jakarta
12. Meine Aufgabe
13. Hustefuchs

Release Dates:
Oct 31, 2008 (Worldwide)