SEA URCHIN NEWS
21.07.2021

Kiev Stingl - Mandalina - Der Verdammte der InselNew from Moloko Plus:

Kiev Stingl – Mandalina – Der Verdammte der Insel

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

from: Edgar Allan Poe – A Dream within a Dream

Kiev Stingl’s Madalina – Der Verdammte der Insel is a story about loss, about a love that consumed itself in a passionate fire. Divided into four chapters named after the four seasons, Stingl’s main character and alter ego Gandolfo describes how his love affair with the young artist Mandalina sprouts, blooms, withers and dies as in an inevitable and natural cycle. The story, set in Berlin and on a Greek island, is rich in metaphor and simile and Stingl’s original word choice and sense of rhythm and sound make this brief tale a prose poem or rather a song about love meant to die. A fugitive song by the ‘damned of the island’, who weeps and weeps as he watches grains of golden sand slowly slip through his fingers. Order now


 

21.07.2021

Emmy Hennings - Girl's SongNew Sea Urchin chapbook:

Emmy Hennings – Girl’s Song

Emmy Hennings was born Emma Maria Cordsen in Flensburg, Germany in 1885. After having attended school and worked as a maid there, she married an actor and joined his itinerant company at the age of 18. Only one year later she divorced the actor, with whom she had a daughter, and started a wandering existence as a solo performer, leaving her child in the care of her parents in Flensburg. While working at a cabaret in Berlin in 1909 she met journalist and writer Ferdinand Hardekopf, with whom she travelled to France the following year. She separated from Hardekopf after he had forced her into prostitution and returned to Germany, where she made a scanty living as a performer in Berlin and Munich. At the Munich café Simpl, in those days a hotbed of the avant-garde, she met Hugo Ball and many other artists in 1913 and, after having been incarcerated for theft in 1914, joined Ball in his exile to Zürich, where in 1916 they co-founded Cabaret Voltaire, generally considered the cradle of Dada. At the short-lived Cabaret Voltaire Emmy Hennings performed each night as a singer, storyteller, dancer and puppeteer until the cabaret’s demise later in 1916. She married Hugo Ball in 1920 and, together with her husband, turned away from Dada to embrace a mystic form of Catholicism. The couple became close friends with Hermann Hesse, whose biography Hermann Hesse. Sein Leben und sein Werk was written by Ball in 1926 and 1927. After Ball’s death in 1927 Hennings lived in Magliaso, Switzerland until her own death in 1948.

Mädchenlied, no doubt one of the songs that stem from Emmy Hennings’ Cabaret Voltaire period, was originally published in 1917 and has now been published by Sea Urchin in an English translation by Ben Schot. Each of the 15 copies of the tragicomical Girl’s Song has a hand drawn cover and a dried heather flower as a fragile tribute to this siren of the avant-garde. Order now


 

22.06.2021

Kein Zweiter - Teilstück für Totalen SchwungNew in our 90% Wasser catalogue:

 
Kein Zweiter – Teilstück für Totalen Schwung

 
Kein Zweiter are Gorth Klüth and Klaus-Helene Ramp from Berlin. The duo was formed in 1989 and performed and recorded until 1993, when each of them decided to go his own way. After five years they reformed to continue their original brand of German electronic music. Teilstück für Totalen Schwung is the second album since Kein Zweiter reformed, Muskeln + Kraft = Überlegenkeit (also released on 90% Wasser) having been their first. Teilstück für Totalen Schwung comes in a plain brown sleeve and includes a postcard and a DVD-R with the music video Eine Richtung – Eine Staat by Jürgen Eckloff. A beautiful archival release all the way or, as Felix Kubin puts it: “…fantastic, sticky, garish nobleman-fetish-fantasies and pre-communistic oaths of knights take possession of me…” Order now


 

11.06.2021

Els Vandeweyer - DebutNew in our 90% Wasser catalogue:

Els Vandeweyer – Debut

Els Vandeweyer is a Belgian vibraphonist, percussionist, composer and performer who lives and works in Berlin. Vandeweyer studied classical percussion in Antwerp and vibraphone in Brussels and Oslo. Apart from being a founding member of the IMI Kollektief, she is part of Pascal Niggenkemper Vision7, the Serenus Zeitblom Oktett, Sonic Fiction Orchestra, Quat and has collaborated with Fred Van Hove, Hans Unstern and Real Geizt. The 90% Wasser LP Debut, released in 2019, is her first solo album.

Debut contains live recordings by Daniel Nentwig of VandeWeyer’s performance at KM28, Berlin in 2019. The sleeve shows artwork by Vandeweyer and was designed by Robert Schalinski. Order now


 

09.06.2021

Column One - Cindy, Loraine & HankNew in our 90% Wasser catalogue:

Column One – Cindy, Loraine & Hank

This double-LP is a subtle and beautiful compilation of recordings by the Column One collective from various places and events dating from 2001 to 2014. Or as the liner notes put it:

Cindy Loraine & Hank a collection of incestuous figures, a museum of small, lovely bastards. products of passion & weakness, disorientation and dedication, of dull instincts and narrowness. Twins, triplets, octuplets, dyslexic, presidents, beginners, criminal citizens, sacred Neanderthals, expert idiots. Begotten in haste, hidden in the dirt, covered with garbage. A contourless, monstrous void in the cardigan of the great-grandmother.

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