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the wide wide world and all we know

by Safe Home

quiet electro-burble duo from Holland deliver contemplative pop with gorgeous vocals and never boring instrumentation.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. suspended in gaffa
2:11 album only
2. they say it
2:48 album only
3. after the shock
3:43 album only
4. tell me something good
1:14 album only
5. twilight wunderkind
3:13 album only
6. stay awake
2:55 album only
7. sea splits
1:46 album only
8. me and the bees
3:09 album only
9. skates and rays
0:49 album only
10. shadowland
3:10 album only
11. leda
2:37 album only
12. every other sigh
2:49 album only
13. mirrorman
3:02 album only
14. sick bones
0:51 album only
15. houd de wacht
4:56 album only
16. say hello to spain
2:21 album only


Album Notes
With much water gone under the bridge, Esther Sprikkelman and Harry Otten have known each other since childhood - Esther was a pubsescent punk, screaming slogans against queen and country whilst Harry was the slightly older guru-with-guitar figure. Time was these people could be relied on to have everything turned up full and damn the neighbours. These days the neighbours are untroubled: the noises now made by Esther & Harry are an altogether quieter thing. Yes, Safe Home is most definitely quiet, yet listening to the music made by Safe Home is most definitely a disquieting experience… In 2001 Safe Home released a series of five 7" singles on their own Angels In Space micro-label, and, when these records (now sought-after and increasingly hard to find) were sold out, issued the tracks, together with new recordings, as the album "You Can't Undo What's Already Undid", released by Sunday Records of Illinois early in 2002. Described at the time as "'Paradise Lost' as performed by Alice", the album was "a quiet little melancholia for electro-burble, cyclical guitars, harmonium and the distant intimacy of a faraway-so-close voice": this was not summertime music. Avoided by even the non-establishment music establishment at home in Holland, "You Can't Undo What's Already Undid" was well-received elsewhere, and work began on a second full-length set, eventually completed as "The Wide Wide World And All We Know". Once again, and this time perhaps even more so, the sound of Safe Home is an uncomfortable mixture of melancholy and longing: Harry Otten's glacial arrangements of understated guitars weave and loop as Esther Sprikkelman's always impressionistic lyrics leave plenty of room for the listener to conjure up his or her own personal claustrophobia. The water passing under the Safe Home bridge seems to be oddly treacherous - not violent and heaving, but with an insidious undercurrent hidden in the blackness; crossing it offers a dry passage only to those who dare not look down.



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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

This quiet, understated, electro-burble duo from Holland delivers delicate and fragile introverted pop somewhere between Stereolab and Belle & Sebastian with Aimee Mann-like vocals. Their gaze is a soft one- they consistently focus on the subtleties, the simple dissonances, the comfort of well-placed harmonies and the craft of a wispy, smoky line intersecting with heartbreak. Their mellow, mysterious songs bring to mind that quiet, curious, dark-haired girl who used to sit in the back of your high school algebra class, doodling in her notebook and occasionally eyeing you behind her half-crooked glasses. Here is an incredibly sentimental, palpable, intimately innocent album that has the power to charm the biggest of egos.