the accomplished composer, pianist and singer stepha schweiger began her musical career in the fields of indie/wave and dived into the world of experimental electronic sounds in the early 90s. her musical style, which she cultivated in various studios and institutes in new york, berlin, paris and the hague, is part of a never-ending process. following the completion of her composition studies at the berlin university of the arts, she went back to the roots of her very own musical revolution. whether songwriting and producing electronic music or composing musical theatre and ensemble music, her creative output always reflects the burning political and societal issues of our age, spurring and inspiring her to new heights. between 2017 and 2019, her musical theatre, “the mark on the wall”, took to the stage in london, berlin and ulm. 2018 she was invited as a composer to the “musikprotokoll” at steirischer herbst festival for contemporary and experimental music in graz.
Music by Stepha Schweiger
Produced and Arranged by Pyrolator
Words by Katherine Mansfield
Following the successful release of the album “When I was a Bird” by Stepha Schweiger in 2020, L’ST Records is about to release a maxi-single with three of the artist’s new productions on March 26, 2021.
The remix of the song “Floryan nachdenklich”, for which a video is to be released simultaneously, was created by none other than Jlin.
Titled “Sleeping Together”, the next track is a product of the lockdown. Nostalgically recalling the simple act of sleeping side-by-side in times gone by, this song was once again inspired by the writings of the British-New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield.
The icing on the cake of this maxi-single comes in the form of an extended disco version of the title track “When I was a Bird”. Created by the album’s producer Pyrolator, it’s backed by a clubbeat and is ideally suitable for dancing within your own four walls or in the great outdoors.
The new single with three fantastic tracks inspired by Stepha Schweiger’s 2020 album “When I was a Bird” will be digitally released at the end of March 2021.
It kicks off with the Jlin remix of the album track “Floryan nachdenklich” for which there is also a terrific video produced by the Berlin-based Pfadfinderei studio.
Jlin meticulously rearranged snippets of the song about Katherine Mansfield’s Polish lover, assembling them with several layers of a noisy barrage of drums. As if in a hypnotic state, “Floryan” is seated in front of the fire and has hallucinatory imaginings about a tree that ultimately wanders about the room. In her remix, Jlin particularly highlights the outside world, the “black outside” with the “rising tide of wind and rain”, as well as the seemingly “blue and brown and white and red” blossoms of the tree. These colours metaphorically represent an open mindset and inner peace, a philosophy that is wonderfully depicted in the accompanying video.
The second track, “Sleeping Together”, is a brand-new song. It revolves around the recollection of sleeping side-by-side in a room, in a bed, in New Zealand, in the days of old. Yet again, Stepha Schweiger found the impetus for this song in a text by Katherine Mansfield. “Sleeping Together” owes its origin to a trip undertaken in a euphoric state of mind during the 2020 lockdown where the imagination of the singer/songwriter/pianist and composer ran wild. Composed on acoustic guitar, it was recorded back in Berlin and was arranged and produced by Pyrolator. Franz Bargmann (Michael Rother) returns as a solo guitarist on this track.
And last but not least comes the eagerly anticipated maxi-version of the title track “When I was a Bird”. Pyrolator’s club remix is destined to have fans dancing their way through the spring, summer and well beyond. This maxi remix eclipses the already highly acclaimed title track of the album and promises to be the spark that ignites many hot nights of dancing.
the new album from the berlin-based composer, pianist and singer stepha schweiger offers a fascinating and wonderfully spherical mix of 80s pop, electronics, avant-garde, chamber music and psychedelia. produced and arranged by kurt dahlke aka pyrolator (daf, fehlfarben, der plan). “when i was a bird” will be available as a cd in digipack format and as a limited, coloured vinyl edition. both stepha schweiger and pyrolator reinvented themselves to emerge with a whole new sound. exhilarating and poppy, dreamlike and calm – with a hint of “psychedelic” – irresistible beats and synthesizer sounds are woven into the music. stepha schweiger’s inimitably haunting voice, coupled with the words of the new zealand-british writer katherine mansfield, permeates the natural ebb and flow of every chord, lending the album a celestial sense of lightness. stepha schweiger gives vent to emotions and her style is steeped in authenticity, resulting in a spherically crafted album of indie-pop ballads in which every track evolves and culminates in a unique, but always surprising, trajectory. stepha schweiger flavours her captivating creations with electronic and avantgarde elements. now on her 6th album, “when i was a bird”, stepha schweiger has for the second time taken the lyrics of katherine mansfield as her inspiration. the first album in this cycle, “now i'm a plant”, was produced by hanno leichtmann and released on cd in 2019. katherine mansfield’s writings focus on timeless, enduring topics and universal emotions: brimming with the deep inhalation of nature, the longing for a lost homeland and other aspects of today’s world, her words are not only thoughtful and sensitive but whirling and colourful like a kaleidoscope. with his arrangements of club beats, 80s pop and even orchestral music, pyrolator has forged a magical spectrum of sounds that seamlessly blend into the songs. this combination brings to the fore the innate vulnerability that dwells deep within stepha schweiger's voice, making it all the more enthralling. the structures he created are not only reminiscent of visionary film scores, but also awaken fantasies of stirring technobeat pop with the power to catapult listeners to faraway worlds. featuring franz bargmann guitar (michael rother plays neu!) & penelope gkigka violin. front cover photo by marzena skubatz.
“sea crazy song”, the first digital single to be released from stepha schweiger’s new album “when i was a bird”, is an homage to the sea with an eye to the future. in the poem “sea song” by katherine mansfield, the protagonist makes a conscious decision to think no more of the sea. in her mind’s eye, she sees the memory, fully laden in human guise, wandering between the never-ending to and fro of the sea, constantly searching with a “crazy song” on her lips. then the memory merges with the whisper of ghostly waves on the shore. but the sea becomes ever louder and ultimately drowns out all other sounds... lasting all of six minutes, “sea crazy song” is punctuated by the rhythms of crashing waves and ambient seaside sounds, all of which coalesce with the captivating voice of stepha schweiger to conjure up a moment of sweet melancholy in the here and now. the video for “sea crazy song” was produced by pyrolator and offers a visual feast of mellowly merging images.
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Of "When I Was A Bird" By Stepha Schweiger: "Limitiertes Blaues Vinyl. Vorbei Das Moll-Affine Ausloten Von Subtil Verstörenden Klavierkammerpop Des Vorgängers "Now I`M A Plant", Herbei Mit Dem Flächendeckenden Drama Von Gedämpft Inszenierter Elektronika. Und Wiederum Macht Sich Die Wahlberlinerin Die Wagemutige Introspektion Der Neuseeländischen Dichterin Katherine Mansfield Musikalisch Zueigen, Nur Die Mittel Sind Andere Geworden: 80s Pop, Elektronik, Avantgarde, Kammermusik Und Psychedelia Gruppieren Sich Zu Wundervoll Sphärischer Poesie In Dunkler Unschärfe. Die Stimme Flüstert, Geht In Den Kopfgesang, Brodelt Unter Vokaleffekten Und Steht Mit Beängstigender Schönheit Über Diesen 8 Zeitlos Sich Entwickelnden Tracks, Die Repetitive Schwere Mit Endloser Traumverwaschenheit, Mit Beats Oder Auch Ohne, Verbinden. Die Tiefe Der Ozéanischen Störrgeräusche Verhilft Diesen Blauen Texturen Zu Einem Bodenlosen Schwindel. Pyrolator Kurt Dahlke Produzierte, Franz Bargmann (Michael Rother) Gastierte. Grandioser Artpop."
Of "When I Was A Bird" By Stepha Schweiger, May 2020: "... Katherine Mansfield Hat Es Der Elektro-Avantgarde-Komponistin Angetan. Sie Widmet Schon Ihr Zweites Album Den Augenblicksimpressionen Der Neuseeländisch-Britischen Schriftstellerin, Unterlegt Mit Fließendem Technobeat-Pop."
Waz Review Of "When I Was A Bird" By Stepha Schweiger, June 8th, 2020 "Federleichte Sommerklänge. Verträumt, Poppig, Leicht Psychedelisch Klingt Das Neue Album Der Berliner Komponistin Und Sängerin Stepha Schweiger. Ihre Markante Stimme, Die Schweiger Zwischen Die Synthesizerklänge Streut, Sorgt Dabei Für Genau Das Richtige Maß An Bodenhaftung. Ein Zauberhaft Sommerliches Klangexperiment."