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Up to now, the many impressive projects of psychologist Frank M. Spinath (Seabound, Edge Of Dawn, Ghost & Writer) have always been conceived in duo form: Spinath cared about the vocal duties, while his respective counterpart took control of the music. With LIONHEARTS, Spinath has realised his first real solo project as the music is created by him as well. In this endeavour, Ben Lukas Boysen (Hecq) supports him in the role of producer.
The songs have gathered just like driftwood over the course of the years, and in terms of content, they span a whole range of subjects without coming across as random. Spinath has chosen to arrange his compositions in a manner reminiscent of the impressionistic classical cycle "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky who orchestrated his pieces like pictorial motives with various subjects. Thus, LIONHEARTS comes across as a consistent album dedicated to different topics from the universe of Frank M. Spinath, arranged without breaks in a "Continuous Mix," partially preluded and led over by instrumental parts. The sonic palette of the album first changes between golden and bright before getting progressively colder and darker. The subject matter is varied: There's the love story between two people not meant for each other in "The Ardent City," and there's "Cloud," a song about the last fight of a dying boxer, sarcastically commented on by the singer from a shielded VIP lounge ("Have a headache on me") - here, even the music seems to hover almost impassively above the cruel violence. Central topics such as searching, destiny, and guilt are the cornerstones of Spinath's compositions, and just as it is the case with paintings, the atmospheric electronic music does not surrender all of its hidden meanings at the first glance. Take, for example, the track "Murder" which is inspired by the highly intelligent serial killer Edmund Kemper who only handed himself in after he murdered several hitchhiker girls as well as his own mother.
The album was excellently arranged by Ben Lukas Boysen whose production adds a special depth to the songs. This mixture of dark and ambiguous topics, the electronic lightness of the compositions, and the impressive arrangements of the tracks makes the album LIONHEARTS a profound and hypnotic trip, inviting you to discover the diversity of Spinath's sonic universe.
LIONHEARTS will be released on May 26th, 2017, as a double album in a "Continuous Mix" and as an identical album featuring the twelve tracks not fading into each other.
2. The Ardent City
10. To What I Don't Know
11. No Going Back
12. In The Sand
Lionhearts (continuous mix of all album tracks)
Lionhearts is the artistically ambitious solo project of Seabound singer Frank Spinath whose first effort, the self-titled album "Lionhearts", was released in mid 2017. Sound-wise his debut was rather introverted and experimental. Now, Spinath follows up to the album with "Companion", a real companion in the true sense of the word
"Companion" consists largely of remixes made by friends Spinath chose and asked by himself. We know, what you suspect - that this might be a collection of second-rate material, but this is definitely not the case! "Companion" simply blew us away and is way stronger than the majority of superfluous remix EPs within this genre. It is more club-friendly, catchier than the album, yet still stylistically coherent und a logical successor to the debut from which the original songs come. The remixers are by no means unknown: Iris, Acretongue, Olaf Wollschläger, Forma Tadre, Mildreda, Architect and Ben Lukas Boysen (Hecq) himself, they all epitomise high-class electro and have already collaborated with Spinath in different situations. The reason for the high quality of the mixes on "Companion", feast for discerning electronic fans, is still an interesting one. It might be due to the fact that Spinath chose the participators on his own and put the tracklist together by himself.
It is also surprising that electronic reinterpretation suits these unassuming songs so well. Whether it's Olaf Wollschläger's straight, club-oriented approach in 'Gone', the sophisticated, warmly pulsating 'To What I Dont Know' by Hecq, the epic, percussive 'No Going Back' by Mildreda or the more intimate, laid-back interpretation of the same tune by Forma Tadre - All of Spinath's "Companions" have surpassed themselves. Listening to the tracks, you don't actually think it's a remix album, that's how well they fit together, not least in terms of sound and production.
The proverbial cherry on the cake is the new composition 'Stars'. "Companion" will be your soundtrack companion for all life situations.
1. Gone (Olaf Wollschläger Remix)
2. The Ardent City (Architect Remix)
3. To What I Don't Know (Hecq Remix)
4. No Going Back (Mildreda Remix)
5. Stars (Demo Version)
6. Gone (Acretongue Remix)
7. The Ardent City (Hecq Remix)
8. To What I Don't Know (IRIS Remix)
9. No Going Back (Forma Tadre Remix)