Zwischen Demut und Disco

Sankt Otten. Zwischen Demut und Disco

Released by Denovali Records
den301cd - CD/2LP

Release Dates
Worldwide: Jun 08, 2018


The duo Sankt Otten from Osnabrueck (Germany), founded in 1999 and consisting of Stephan Otten and Oliver Klemm releases music on Denovali since 2009. After "Männerfreundschaften & Methaphysik" (2016), a collaboration record with experimental guitarist „N“, Sankt Otten finally release their first new album since "Engtanz Depression" (2015). read more...

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Zwischen Demut und Disco Zwischen Demut und Disco
by Sankt Otten Denovali Records
CD/2LP - Jun 08, 2018
Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik
by Sankt Otten + N Denovali Records
CD/2LP - Sep 30, 2016
Engtanz Depression Engtanz Depression
by Sankt Otten Denovali Records
CD/2LP - Mar 06, 2015
Sankt Otten + Majeure Split Sankt Otten + Majeure Split
by Sankt Otten + Majeure Denovali Records
CD/LP - Mar 06, 2015
Gottes Synthesizer Gottes Synthesizer
by Sankt Otten Denovali Records
2LP - Jul 29, 2011

Sankt Otten. Zwischen Demut und Disco

Denovali Records - den301cd

The duo Sankt Otten from Osnabrueck (Germany), founded in 1999 and consisting of Stephan Otten and Oliver Klemm releases music on Denovali since 2009. After "Männerfreundschaften & Methaphysik" (2016), a collaboration record with experimental guitarist „N“, Sankt Otten finally release their first new album since "Engtanz Depression" (2015).

Their new record starts with "Das Endgültige Scheitern der Melancholie" (en.: the final failure of melancholy), which seems to be unfamiliar due to its euphoric mood, but also shows that Sankt Otten consequently develop their music in a sovereign way. The title track "Zwischen Demut und Disco" (en.: between humility and disco) then particularly brings to the fore the duo’s admiration of analog synthesizers - timeless instrumental music without nostalgic flashbacks to the past. Warm electronica, human being and machine hand in hand, infused by an almost danceable beat who induces head-nodding.

On their LP "Messias Maschine" (2013) Sankt Otten already released three tracks with drum-legend JAKI LIEBEZEIT (CAN) who meanwhile passed away. While sifting old recordings an unreleased drum-recording by Liebezeit emerged. Based on that hypnotic rhythm the melancholic but driving track "Wir sind die Guten" (en.: we are the good ones) came into existence. Shedding some tears is surely appropriate and allowed. Sad music can make you happy.

But also friends of the more pad-oriented compositions of Sankt Otten get their money's worth. Die "Ballade vom salonfähigen Zynismus" (en.: the ballad on the presentable cynicism) and "Ein bisschen Mitschuld bringt dich nicht gleich um" (en.: a bit of complicity won't kill you) both are sugar-sweet and snuggling, but at the same time almost threatening. The album closes with the more than 14-minute long "Der Abend ist gelaufen" (en.: the evening is all over), where the particularly powerful but always minimal-repetitive drumplay by Stephan Otten stands out, while Oliver Klemm's typical ebow-guitar-drones bring the track to float.

The lovingly chosen track-titles are again located in aphorism, sarcasm and pun, while the musical quality of the tracks is also absolutely homogen. It’s not easy to highlight particular tracks but one could fall in love with each of them. Altogether a jewel for admirers of the 80’s sounds and German electronic music. "Zwischen Demut und Disco" (en.: between humility and disco) is the holy trinity of krautrock, ambient and contemporary electronics, but always stylistically confident and unmistakeably Sankt Otten.

Cat.no.: den301cd
Format: CD/2LP

Tracklisting

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1. Das endgueltige Scheitern der Melancholie
2. Der Kaffee spricht zu mir
3. Einmal grosse Ernuechterung bitte
4. Zwischen Demut und Disco
5. Die Ballade vom salonfaehigen Zynismus
6. Wir sind die Guten
7. Ich habe mit der Welt noch ein Huehnchen zu rupfen
8. Ein bisschen Mitschuld bringt dich nicht gleich um
9. Der Abend ist gelaufen

Release Dates:
Jun 08, 2018 (Worldwide)