Ry / Frank Wiedemann, Howling

[Innervisions]

Starting a solo project, especially for an artist who usually collaborates, is often about control. The solo artist charts whatever course he or she pleases when freed from the need for consensus, shaping the work to fit his or her exact specifications. Putting aside his longstanding role as half of Âme, Frank Wiedemann’s solo project — or at least its first release — takes on an unexpected form. Rather than house, jazz, classical, techno, ambient, or some amalgam of all the sounds Âme has tackled since 2002, “Howling” is a largely acoustic ballad performed with vocalist/guitarist Ry Cuming. Although already distinct from Wiedemann’s past, it’s remarkable how faint his sonic fingerprints are on this single.

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It hardly seems Wiedemann is in the studio when Cuming begins plucking his guitar, singing of a love so intense it had him howling with delight. His light, lilting voice and gently ascending notes are backed only by a metronomic click and later a 4/4 kick. And while syncopated hi-hats hint Wiedemann’s manned the drum machines, it’s the swelling synth solo riding high above earthly elements that finally affirms his presence. It’s tricky making something this memorable yet understated, and Âme fans might find it somewhat lightweight. Keeping die-hards in mind, Wiedemann reunites with Kristian Beyer for an Âme remix that fills in the spaces of “Howling” with warm synths largely mirroring the original’s movements. It’s still sleek if more nuanced and toned, something akin to Gui Boratto’s Chromophobia period without the bombast. “Watched You Run,” a Cuming-sung piano ballad, rounds out the single with Wiedemann’s synths humming, growling, and hissing below. Their purely elemental shape suggests a groaning, tormented soul, adding depth to an otherwise plain tune that will still struggle for airtime next to the superior “Howling.” It’s part and parcel of a rare solo debut that finds the protagonist backing further and further out of sight.

aditya  on August 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

ugh. too indie.

damir  on August 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

hello
please please please..could someone tell me the lyrics of the song…anyone?
please?
tnx aaa looottt

Paul Esterhuizen  on September 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Plz the lyrics of the song…anyone?
please?

Lotte Willemsen  on September 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Not sure about the exact wording, but see below my interpretation:

Hot night (is) coming,
Keep the car running,
Island(?) of fingers,
Swallow my (?),

Cold, I smell into you spell,
on the ride, oh god we fell,
you were blushing, darling
there … you had me howling.

Cold, I fell into your skin,
on the night you let me under your sin,
you had me howling (x2).

oh oh, blush (x4)

Golden siren,
under exposen,
calling your weakness town,
on the floor,
in the back seat.

Cold, I smell into you spell,
on the ride, oh god we fell,
you were blushing, darling
there … you had me howling.

Cold, I fell into your skin,
on the night you let me under your sin,
you had me howling (x2).

oh oh, blush (x4)

oh oh, blush (x4)

etc.

kunoichi  on October 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I hear “Cold, I swim into your spell”, instead of “smell”

Henderick AKA Thelonious Funk  on October 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

That Howling tune is some sensual music man… I totally understand how a woman can put you in a trance that is so intense… Hence the reason why I dig this track…

jana  on October 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

hot nights coming
keep the car running
lavender fingers
swallow my pollen

gold i swam into your spell
on the rite of god we fell
you were plush and i laid bare
you had me howling
cold i fell into your skin
on the night you led me
under your sin
you had me howling
you had me howling

blush

golden siren
under exposing
come lay your weakness down
on the floor in the backseat

gold i swam into your spell
on the rite of god we fell
you were plush and i laid bare
you had me howling
cold i fell into your skin
on the night you led me
under your sin
you had me howling
you had me howling

blush

blush

littlewhiteearbuds  on October 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

For all those still seeking the lyrics, you can find them in the details of the official music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUai5ZAwnjc

Cau Arantes  on November 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I’m swimming in a sea of ​​emotions, sailing in that sound, drunk of passion and desire. Incredible, thank u, I’m wonderfully bewitched and can’t stop listening..

blub  on November 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

i think it’s “goal, i slam into your spell” ;)

pan Tadeuš  on November 25, 2012 at 3:12 AM

žiauriai kietai, padainavom vsio takoje

cormac reddin  on December 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM
a  on December 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

hot night coming / keep the car running
lavender fingers / swallow my pollen
gold I swam into your spell / on the rite of god we fell
you were plush and I laid bare / you had me howling
cold I fell into your skin / on the night you led me under your sin
you had me howling(x2)
golden siren / under exposing
come lay your weakness down / on the floor in the backseat

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