Berlin 13. F Aubele

Posted on 11 April 2011 by Glenn Tucker

Have you ever been to Berlin? I have been three times and only the first was an experience worth mentioning.

You are probably wondering what this has to do with a music review other than the obvious link in the album title “Berlin 13”, named from the personal transformation Frederico Aubele is said to have experienced in his time living there.

Well my first visit to Berlin was quite an experience too, absolute madness in fact. We ended up in a Psytrance club accessible only through a well guarded steel door, the scene you would expect to see in a movie. After 10 hours underground we broke out into the cold and quiet of a Sunday morning in Berlin.

Not more than 15 minutes later I was back in the hotel room staring blankly at the wall, the silence was deafening and thinking back, having something smooth and melodic playing in the background would have been music to my ears.

If “Berlin 13” had existed then it would have suited the mood, the monotonous beats do not inspire or evoke any emotion, there is nothing to get excited about when you listen to this album but that’s what I wanted. Perfect calm.

This album did not transform or move me. Track 1 “Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue” could be track 3, or 4 or 5 but this would have been perfect on that morning. The music is calming; the deep tones in the lyrics are reassuring and would have comforted me knowing that it was only a matter of time and a good sleep before I felt ready to brave Berlin furthermore.

In fact I could have had this playing continuously in the background on the long drive back to the airport or at any restaurant we ate in. This is no Thievery Corporation, no Quantic, no breakthrough but it is a personal journey for the artist and has its place on my playlist, after all there has to be something to fill the gaps between all the hits.