RIYL: acoustic guitars, harmonicas, firepits

German songwriter Nils Ottensmeyer, best known for his work in the dark psych group The Blue Angel Lounge, has set out on his own in an attempt for a more stripped-down and introspective journey. ¬†Sadness as a Gift began in 2007, a collection of songs written as an alternative to the Manchester goth vibes of The Blue Angel Lounge’s more recent full-lengths, and while those melancholic themes and chord structures remain heavily intact in The Frozen Borderline, expect sparser and rawer arrangements.

Ottensmeyer channels the Dylan-inspired folk pop bands from the mid 60s in The Reminder, a three-minute ballad rich with harmonicas, violins and xylophones. ¬†His lyrics burn and ache with regret and longing, and even though many songwriters have tread through this particular arena, the earnestness in Ottensmeyer’s¬†voice beckons your ear to¬†listen again once more. ¬†Heartbreak is the number one choice for songwriters for a reason, guys.

Bandcamp has 500 copies of the album on red vinyl after the ‘buy’ link. ¬†Listen to The Reminder below and get excited.

The Details

Limited Edition Red Vinyl

Includes digital pre-order of Sadness As A Gift. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.

Shipping out on or around 01 July 2016
Edition of 500

Price $19.33

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