Christoph Neuhaus - Ramblin Bird
Christoph Neuhaus - Guitars, Mandoline, Vocals
Franziska Schuster - Vocals
Pauline Ruhe - Vocals
Ulf Kleiner - Keys
Sebastian Schuster - Double Bass & Moog
Christian Huber - Drums
Listening to the first tracks, the following associations immediately jump into your head: (folk) songs, country & western, rock, funk and pretty much everything in between. Further associations: This music belongs to the genre guitar - including many styles and variations. Exception: Jazz, which is not to be guessed or only in the very broadest interpretation. But this should not disturb the friends of contemporary guitar music. In the titles there are straight rhythms with a lot of drive. In addition there are beguiling vocals and of course lots of guitar sounds. Then there is the blues.
Some titles in detail:
Folk Songs, Poems, Voices
Patience for the Unacquainted,
Downright classic folk music. The guitar accompaniment is gentle, restrained, Pauline Ruhe's voice is clearly in focus. Her singing is enhanced by polyphony towards the end of the chorus. With songs of this kind it also depends on the lyrics, on the content. The slide tones of the guitar give this track a sound of country & western. It could also be film music for a road movie - somewhere in the vastness between Arizona and Brandenburg.
Here Franziska Schuster sings her evocative part with a bell-like voice. Silent Observer is a song in the best tradition of folk music and songwriting, unimaginable without underlining guitar accompaniment. Soloistically the bass is allowed to embellish the theme, the drums bring a somewhat heavier note to the otherwise tranquil track. Towards the end, Franziska's voice rises into the dramatic, then quietly becomes true to the title.
Rock & Funk & Fun
Bottled Up Dancer, Walk up Fall Down,
There is this gritty rock without frills of any kind. The songs come off as a punched through, simple beat with vocal interludes. The rest is done by the lively, staccato, somewhat screeching guitar runs. For the fans of hard core rock this is perfectly enough.
This one must not be missing. There is hardly a guitarist who doesn't have an affinity for the blues. This is also the case with Christoph Neuhaus. At the beginning of the piece the listener believes to have landed with the old master Jimmy Hendrix. If it weren't for Christoph's and later Pauline's voices, which make it clear. Then the title turns out to be a gritty blues in a brittle sound coloring.
The blues is laid out in a rock-classic way. The band straightforwardly celebrates this musical form, which is considered the basis for jazz and rock alike, while retaining its independent genre. The Blues must go on ... that's how it sounds. Not least because of the earthy solos of guitar, electric piano and the vocals of the bard Neuhaus.
A tough of Latin beat along with associated guitar playing. The title becomes more intense, increases, rhythmically it goes on lively. The clashing runs of the electric piano create more than just a sonic hint of the legendary album Return to Forever by Chick Corea. Pauline Ruhe's voice sinks into this ambience of Latin and fusion, further smoothing out the already round corners in a samba-soft manner. Christoph Neuhaus meanwhile reaches into his guitar magic box, pulls a few tricks out of his repertoire, lets them burst soloistically.
Text: Cosmo Scharmer