Release Date: 07/07/23
-Austrian singer/songwriter Harry Marte recorded his vinyl album 'Extra Brut' with an acoustic trio line-up.
-All songs were performed live in the studio and recorded with absolutely no overdubs.
-Great poetry meets musical purity.
-Follow-up project to 2017's 'Little Prayers' released on CrossCut.
-Audiophile sound quality, gatefold cover with all lyrics plus bonus CD with two more songs from the recording sessions.
Once a week Harry Marte goes over to his neighbor, a painter. Then they sit together in the painter's atelier, talking about the major issues that plague the world. And about what's bothering them in their own lives. On the 300-meter-long trail through the woods that separates their houses, a song can sometimes glimpse the darkness of the night on the way home. On his new album 'Extra Brut' Harry Marte has put this song (Midnight Sky) right at the beginning.
But who is Harry Marte? First of all a man of creativity: pictures and words ('I've also written German poems. But most of them were nothing. I'm better with English!') are his mÃ©tiers. And of course music. Music was already there at the very beginning, he says: 'When I was four years old, I stood at home with my mother's knitting needles and conducted to the music on the radio,' he says with a grin. 'But nobody's allowed to tell anyone about that anymore.'
Bob Dylan came into his life at puberty. Then there came Woodstock, David Crosby and Stephen Stills. 'Easy Rider' made a big impression on him. Later, Chris Whitley. 'I'm quite an all-natural guy,' the singer, guitarist and composer says about himself. He doesn't have a computer at home. But he does have the forest right on his doorstep, his 'sheltered adventure.'
And the music? It has a somnambulistic beauty and clarity. Interwoven with the blues. And yet completely individual. Full of space. And full of depth. Marte's characterful rasping voice and his flowing folk and blues pickings on the guitar are the constants here.
|Label: CrossCut Records|
|Run Time: 41:00 mins|
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