[photo by Christian Thiele]
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
CONNY OCHS: First Single From Future Fables LP Now Playing At New Noise Magazine; Preorders Released
[photo by Christian Thiele]
The maiden single to see release from German folk singer/songwriter CONNY OCHS' forthcoming third solo album, Future Fables - set for release in late February via Exile On Mainstream - has been released, as New Noise Magazine makes the track "Wake Up" available for public consumption.
Stream the mesmerizing CONNY OCHS track "Wake Up" via New Noise at THIS LOCATION.
Also view the official trailer for Future Fables RIGHT HERE.
Future Fables will see release through Exile On Mainstream Records on February 26th, 2016. Preorders have been made available; US orders for both the CD and LP can be placed via Earsplit Distro HERE, and internationally through Exile On Mainstream, the CD HERE and LP HERE. Digital preorders are available via iTunes, which include an instant gratification download of the track "Wake Up," HERE.
CONNY OCHS and labelmate Friedemann will celebrate a series of record release shows together surrounding the release of both of their new LPs, with shows across Germany in Leipzig, Quedlinburg, Herzberg and Dresden February 18th through 21st.
CONNY OCHS Double Record Release Shows w/ Friedemann:
2/18/2016 UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
2/19/2016 Reichstrasse - Quedlinburg, DE
2/20/2016 P-Party - Herzberg, DE
2/21/2016 Chemiefabrik - Dresden, DE
Earlier in 2015, having released Freedom Conspiracy (Exile On Mainstream) with fellow Scott "Wino" Weinrich (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Shrinebuilder) and completed some touring across Europe, CONNY OCHS returned to the studio at the end of the Summer, once again with producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, with whom his previous album, Black Happy and both collaborative albums with Wino were created in full analog fashion. The Kabumm Studio had just relocated from its historic location in a former East German and Soviet government radio complex in Berlin, to the wilderness of a rural Brandenburg village. OCHS went in with a bag full of sketches and licks, inhaling the raw atmosphere of the surroundings, a yet unfinished house full of instruments and equipment in the middle of nowhere, also trying to find its place. This unstable environment birthed a new start for him, letting in much more than a breeze of fresh air by widening his instrumental repertoire to drums, electric guitars, piano, bass and organ. The lyrics and stories circulate more than ever around people encountered and journeys undertaken over the past years - the album title referring to our tendency to give an unwritten future some kind of tangibility through dreams and visions.
CONNY OCHS struck out on his own as a solo musician at the turn of the millennium, after having spent many years fronting heavier bands (such as Zombie Joe, Baby Universal) in his native Germany. The artist's solitary venture saw him make a marked departure from the direct sounds of modern rock, letting the influences of revered folk singer/songwriters like Woodie Guthrie, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drake and others inform his firm new direction across the course of multiple solo LPs and collaborations. Alongside his savvy combinations of acoustic and electric guitars, OCHS owns an incredibly natural voice; soulful and dynamic, with a clean style that can bring about absolute joy, or of purely melancholic end-time inner blues. His songs focus on the interplay between storytelling and visions - this he carves into the rough edges of his organic and sparkling music. Keeping his approach pure and from the heart, CONNY OCHS reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in and makes you a part of the music, his travels and struggles, and his search for freedom in life and song.