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Still Smiling is a unique collaboration and an unexpected one between Italian composer,Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einstürzende Neubauten and former Bad Seeds. They first met during the realization of ‘Ingiuria’, a theatre piece, and afterwards collaborated on a song for a film soundtrack, called ‘A Quite Life’. It was this song which started the process of writing and producing an album together, where songs and experimental pieces could find a common ground.The original use of strings: cello, violin, guitars and a full string quartet diverts the traditional perception of those classic instruments when they deal with electronics. The result is emotionally moving.
The album was written and recorded between Berlin and Rome, and took nearly two years. Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and every silence. Blixa reveals a personal and intimate side to the listener. The lyrics are visionary and are sung in English, German and Italian.The result is 12 songs, including a new version of ‘A Quiet Life’ and a cover of ‘Alone With The Moon’ by The Tiger Lilies. Collaborators on the album include The Balanescu Quartet and cellist, Martina Bertoni.
Teho and Blixa will be touring the UK later this year.
Still Smiling will be released on Teho’s label, Specula Records on 1st July 2013.