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Philip Bradatsch & die Cola-Rum BoysDie Lange Nacht der Musik (The Long Night of Music) 2024

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“Bradatsch is a singer, songwriter, virtuoso guitarist, wordsmith, sculptor of song and painter of sound. He constructs miniature worlds out of words and sounds – if you want to tag along, you’ll have to put your cards on the table. Bradatsch throws it all into the balance, never looks back and remains true to himself whatever else may change.” (taz)

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“Bradatsch is a singer, songwriter, virtuoso guitarist, wordsmith, sculptor of song and painter of sound. He constructs miniature worlds out of words and sounds – if you want to tag along, you’ll have to put your cards on the table. Bradatsch throws it all into the balance, never looks back and remains true to himself whatever else may change.” (taz)

Philip Bradatsch’s current album, Keiner weiß, wie ich mich fühle (released on Trikont) is a retrospective, an introspection and poses the question of what may yet be to come. “I feel like an ambulance”, he says, offering a sign of hope to all those who feel abandoned, lonely and disconnected.

 

Influences old and new can be found in his songs: a hint of late Beatles here, the hymns of Tom Petty there; always something new, something old that sounds strangely simple yet grand, but never overloaded. Every note makes sense. Listening to the album over and over, you wait each time for that almost audible inbreath, for that little rasp on the fretboard – and you’re filled with joy. Philip Bradatsch’s voice rebels, resigns, reassures and dreams – and you can’t help but feel that he knows a whole lot more. Perhaps he does. And if not, at least he lets us believe that the vastness of the world has not yet fully lost its depth and romance.