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The Piano​’​s Playing The Devils Tune

by Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift

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Get Lost 01:54 video
Dream B 02:55 video
Wandering 01:53
Howling Wolf 02:47
Maria 00:48


Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift is the collaboration between newly Berliner Phoebe Killdeer (Nouvelle Vague, The Short Straws) with experimental musicians Thomas Mahmoud (SFX, The Nest, Tannhäuser Sterben & das Tod, Von Spar) and Ole Wulfers (Kapaikos, Party Diktator), supported by actress and singer Maria de Medeiros (i.e. »The Saddest Music in the World«, »Pulp Fiction«).

»The Piano’s Playing The Devils Tune« is »free music« in a most emphatic sense: The interplay between the abstract instrumentation on the one hand, equally recalling genres as diverse as noise rock, bass music and musique concrète, as well as the intimate, concrete humanity of the sound on the other hand establishes a sprawling sonic space that gravitates around the haunting vocal passages of Killdeer and de Medeiros. »The Piano’s Playing The Devils Tune« thereby succeeds in combining a decidedly experimental gesture with an urgent, uncanny familiarity and warmth; a precise sense of composition with an almost lavish casualness.

Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift do not resolve the numerous paradoxes that mark »The Piano’s Playing The Devils Tune«: The result is an equally challenging and rewarding album that in fact—as played out as this predicate may be—truly defies categorization. Devils tunes.


released March 18, 2016

Catalog Number: AVM 057
Format: LP/Digital

Recorded, mixed & produced by Phoebe Killdeer, Thomas Mahmoud & Ole Wulfers, Berlin. Mastered by Cem Oral at Jammin Masters, Berlin. Artwork & design by Mirjam Dumont, Berlin. All text & lyrics by Phoebe Killdeer. Additional Trumpet by Lars Rudolph. Additional beats for »Diggin In The Desert« by Andi Toma. This album is a collaboration between Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift and Maria de Medeiros. © & ℗ 2016 Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift under exclusive license to Altin Village & Mine — all rights reserved.


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Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift Berlin, Germany

They use of sonic space dips you momentarily in a parallel dream filled with familiarity and warmth. Storytelling through experimental gestures and abstract instrumentation, brushing diverse genres without the need to categorize. Its a subtle image reflecting a sound of humanity. Some songs are heard, others perceived, others are like images or moments frozen in time. ... more

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