Inside The Ships
Bureau B
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1Photographed 3:18
2Inside The Ships 4:35
3Radio War 4:05
4In A Day 3:52
5Now And Again 1:20
6Get On 1:50
7Do The Oz 4:38
8Furkan 2:56
9Sato Sato 4:00
10There Never Was A Night 2:37
11Palace At 5 AM 2:44

"Inside The Ships" is the latest and the eleventh studio album by Bernd Jestram and Ronald Lippok. On board are eleven songs that reflect the different facets of the Tarwater sound cosmos: Dense soundscapes created by skillfully interweaving electronic and analogue sounds. When the duo began working on the new album over two years ago, they initially intended to create a Space Opera. That was not to be, but the resulting visions of the future, fictional knowledge and the distant and unknown served as the inspiration for these songs. Yet despite titles like "Inside the Ships", "Radio War" or "Do the Oz", this is not a concept album. Tarwater have always befuddled the fanatics of stringent categorization among pop analysts. The synesthesia produced upon hearing the new album - seeing alien worlds by means of acoustic stimuli - is deftly created by Jestram and Lippok in their own special way. They have dispensed with coldness and overtly technoid sounds. Science-fiction folklore remains sidelined. The "otherness" is produced, for example, through the use of brass (tuba, saxophone, horn, trumpet and trombone) and other instruments that are otherwise used far from the pop-context – such as the cimbalom. You really have to listen twice to distinguish the individual instruments. Even with these unusual elements, Tarwater's sound cosmos remains an organic whole and is immediately captivating on first listen. Tarwater's aesthetic defies categorization. While in the past the German press worked with the deliberately vague term "indietronics", their English counterparts like to associate the duo with a tradition directly linked to Krautrock.