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The Needle Was Traveling:Tarwater

Artist: Tarwater

Date Released: March 22, 2005

Label: Morr Music

Produced By:


  1. Across the Dial
  2. Stone
  3. Seven of Nine
  4. Entry
  5. Babylonian Tower
  6. TV Blood
  7. The People
  8. All That
  9. Jackie
  10. Yeah!
  11. In a Single Place
  12. Ninety Days
  13. Unseen in the Disco
  14. Home Tonight


If you have never heard of Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram or their former bands’ Rosa Extra and Ornament & Verbrechen, don’t worry, because this is a fine introduction. The duo that makes up Morr Music’s newest signee Tarwater have already made quite a bit of noise in their home country, Germany, and more specifically the East Berlin underground scene. They built their musical empire around electronica and trip-hop, but lately they have felt that their layering keyboard parts style of writing has become redundant. So for their next challenge, Tarwater decided to strap on a bass, guitar and even pull out the drumsticks for a welcomed and more organic interpretation of their style. The result is just that, a warmer, more human record that encapsulates the duo at their highest creative point. But don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of bleeps, bloops and drum machines also, but it’s not as tolling as before. The vocals are the low point though. Most of the time, they come off dull and monotone, but on a few instances, it works (see #9). Overall a fine album and a welcomed experiment by the band. Mpardaiolo

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