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by Gustav Bertha

Run a bath, throw in a radio which is playing Tom Waits who just happens to be the illegitmate child of Alex Harvey. Bring gently to the boil. Do it in a 1930s Berlin cabaret. You have Gustav Bertha. Step in.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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1. Prelude
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2. Answer
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3. Strange Day
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4. Give Me Some Water
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5. The Surface of the Moon
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6. Ultraviolet
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7. Cruel Serenade
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8. The Sound of my own Breathing
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9. Beautiful Friend
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Hello you lovely browser!

This is my CD your looking at. It took ages of dedication, tons of cigars and gallons of coffee to make it.

I am now permanently awake and wheezing like an accordion with a hole in the bellows. But here it is, for all to see.

I hope you like it. Anyway back to the next one...





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Warped sing-a-long Cabaret!
'Answer' is a pop fuelled opener with crashing organ and penetrating beats. It's very strong, positive, and frankly a great choice to begin the CD with. Gustav advises us, in a refreshing vocal style reminiscent of Waits or Harvey, to take time to come to your own decisions and to do what feels right instead of following orders. The slow-down ending is paced just right, suggesting we're always in a hurry to get to the solution.
'Strange Day' is a personal, more mellow track describing how he crosses a line to change his life. Is it about falling in love? Gustav has a knack for avoiding cliche and telling a well worn theme from an original point of view. Jamieson's guitar solo is a tasty surprise and stops your ears becoming complacent. It's all held together nicely with natural sounding drum programming and solid understated bass work.
'Give Me Some Water' is my personal favourite. It's such an upbeat track, making you feel like you've wandered into the middle of a late night pub jam. I guarantee that like me you'll find yourself humming the chorus wherever you roam. Gustav's vocals are on excellent form here and Salome's viola outro gives it a distinct european grounding. This could certainly get a few feet onto dancefloors.
I think 'Surface Of The Moon' will have Tom Waits checking the inlay to see if he's been sampled on this. An arabian themed tale about what it would be like to live on the moon. A mirage brought on by lack of water perhaps? The psychadelic undercurrents are enhanced when a ballroom organ fresh from Blackpool rolls across the horizon on a flying carpet.
Bats in your belfry? Maybe they'll enjoy 'Ultraviolet' - an ode to a creature that moves around by touch. Or is it a obscure reference to gigalos who prowl under neon in discotheques? The loose instrumentation tied with slick bass work give a very cool almost jazz-club ambience but it's not long before you're led into a back room to share a quick drink with a rather unsettling barbershop quartet.
'Cruel Serenade' is the turning point. The dark mood is created by the reverberated piano line and bellowing bass notes, and the vocals have more than a hint of menace about them. Is this about the aftermath of a violent act? It certainly sets your nerves a jangle. Salome attempts to soothe with a gorgeous viola part which wraps itself around the angry instrumentation but is swallowed whole by the introduction of warped distorted guitar.
'The Sound Of My Own Breathing' picks the pace up again. A catchy song about feeling like a stranger in your own home. Yes catchy, but by no means upbeat. The mid-song guitar thrash suggests internal conflict, should he stay and fight or start life anew?
Things are much brighter in 'Beautiful Friend'. The bad times are in the past and Gustav has wiped the slate clean. Sparse piano and vocals are strong foundations in this song and the sing-a-long chorus suggests that nothing can bother him at the moment. The space created by the minimal instrumentation and probably the best viola part on the CD really boosts the mood of the listener. And how can anyone fail to smile at the sound of a kazoo?