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leaning over backwards

by Tobias.

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    A1. girts
    A2. party town
    A3. the key
    B1. skippy
    B2. zero tolerance
    B3. voices told me to do that
    C1. leaning over backwards
    C2. we stick to the plan
    D1. free no.1
    D2. observing the hypocrites
    D3. now i know

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    01. girts
    02. party town
    03. voices told me to do that
    04. skippy
    05. zero tolerance
    06. free no.1
    07. leaning over backwards
    08. observing the hypocrites
    09. the key
    10. she still calls me mister
    11. we stick to the plan
    12. now i know

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tobias. | leaning over backwards | ostgutcd18/lp09

Underwater techno. That could be “leaning over backwards” in just two words. Tobias Freund’s debut album for Ostgut Ton also serves as the longplayer introduction for his tobias. moniker, gives a fascinating and profound insight into his special world of music and sound science. Being a part of the music business since 1980, you could easily fill books with his works and creations. Formerly based in Frankfurt am Main and since a few years happily living in Berlin, tobias. started his quest in sound as a Synth- Avantgardist with a Korg MS20, worked a day job as a studio engineer (i.a. Milli Vanilli and today for Aerea Negrot, Nina Kraviz and Heartthrob amongst other people), remixed, released as Pink Elln or with projects such as Sieg über die Sonne and NSI. (together with Max Loderbauer) and runs his own label Non Standard Productions. But that’s not our topic, even if tobias. meets some old and new colleagues on his debut album. A line borrowed from a Wire song, “leaning over backwards” suggests the feeling one gets when doing exactly that over a rail, testing how long you can possibly do it before you tilt over. In this case it can last an eternity.

Next to a few other things, tobias. renounces the ubiquitous dictate of computer synchronization. Degraded to a plain recording device, the computer makes way for the classic drum machines Roland TR 808 and a Korg Mini Pops. Known for having a life of their own, their unpredictability wins over standardized convenience. tobias.’ sound gets recompensed with dynamics and an agility that doesn’t lack attention to detail, accuracy and thoughtfulness.

Rooted in jam sessions with just beats and efx units, the moods and music of the tracks on “leaning over backwards” follow those parameters. The results are sometimes unswerving club tracks („skippy“, „party town“, „we stick to the plan“), occassionally an ambient or drone-like atmosphere („zero tolerance“, „observing the hypocrites“) or meet up as hybrids in the title track. All held together by the image of “being underwater” that is apparent from the start with “girts”. Take “the key” for instance. Produced in Santiago by tobias. and his long standing colleague Uwe Schmidt alias Atom™, you can listen to splintered beats and gloomy pads expanding into Drexciyan depths. It all comes full circle with “now I know”. Equally fantastic and fey, tobias.’ makes once again use of Aerea Negrots (i.a. Hercules & Love Affair) remarkable voice. As before on “party town” or “zero tolerance”, Negrot is the icing on the cake, turning the closing track into a longing piece of Blade Runner pop music.

„leaning over backwards“ insists on and bewitches with its nonconformity and almost frightening idiosyncracy. tobias. creates a style of techno that is as far away from steam roller kick drums and the rules of functionalism as it is from being facticious. Techno as a perpetual motion machine. Above and underwater.


released June 4, 2011

written and produced by Tobias Freund
recorded and mixed at Non Standard Studios, Berlin



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