This is a very important and influential song/record for me. I discovered the Band in 2001 when they opened for Shellac. I didn't expect anything and when I read their name on the bill I didn't take them seriously. Boy was I wrong! They blew me away from the first moment to the last and I think they even blew Shellac away. (Steve Albini recorded "Heal all monsters".) That night I got hooked and Honey for Petzi opened the world of post/mathrock to me. I saw them over 40 times and followed them all across Switzerland and also got to know them a little bit. They were so young and live they were a sheer force. Even to this day I have never seen a band that tight, original, entertaining and fresh like them.
Yakari were a band from Zürich and they were one of the very few Swiss "Indie bands" that actually deserved the term "Indie" in my opinion. They somehow emerged out of nowhere and when they did, they did with a bang. In my eyes they just had it all. They were young, good-looking, fresh, enthusiastic and they sounded incredible. And they had the songs - excellent songwriters! There are few bands and songs that make me dance, but this one definitely does. Instant classic.
(we couldn't find a video of this particular song, but we received a link to another Yakari song)
I'm an Earth Fan. I like almost all of their records but my all time favorite track of theirs is "crooked axis for string quartet". It's very minimalistic and mysterious at the same time. It's all about texture and I wonder how they made that track. It evokes very deep feelings in me and I start to think about fundamental things like life and death and cleaning my kitchen.
Well, I guess this a very odd song for a website like this. "Stimmen im Wind" was released in 1986, when I was eleven years old. I am still fascinated by this song and its lyrics. It was one of the first times when I felt deep melancholy in my early teens. The song has a total 80ies production but is also reminiscent of the 60ies, namely Roy Orbison. Genre wise the music could be tagged as "Schlager", but the lyrics are about death and drowning in the water but it's not very clear what Juliane Werding is singing about. The lyrics are poetic and almost symbolic at times. Werding also mentions the name "Susann" in the song and I always wondered who this woman could be. It's just a very beautiful and very well written Pop Song and I will always love it.
I used to be a huge cure fan. I own all of their records (until Bloodflowers, that is.) and I still have a very nice cure vinyl-collection with singles, maxis and whatnot. There are many cure songs, that I really like but "all cats are gray" is just a masterpiece and a true hidden gem. It's on the album Faith, which I also recommend highly and it displays despair and hope in a perfect way.