27 Feb

All good music should tell a story: Tale of Us

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” A wonderful quote by one of my favorite authors Hunter S. Thompson. And probably one of the best possible ways to identify me.

I cannot even begin on describing how important music is to me. It’s what I eat, drink, consume and breathe every moment of the day. When possible. At work, at home, in the car, I want music to be around. Good music. It’s one of the two things that are more important to me than oxygen, the other one being friends and inspiring people.

The weekend

Weekends are there to recharge your batteries. Wise people say. Alas, I’m not one of them. Regularly (un)scheduled maintenances of my mental wellbeing tend to interfere with the need to rest. Like the impromptu house party, following the Banks concert (a review of which will be posted soon), that launched the weekend in full gear. Good people and good music proved to be the key elements to some fine moments.

The unfortunate result being though that I found myself not in the best of shapes on Saturday night. That kinda posed a problem since that night had been marked as a big one, agreed upon and planned for with my closest friends since ages. A birthday celebration was in the books, musically supported by one of the best DJ duos around.

Tale of Us

Enter Tale of Us, the Berlin-based project of Toronto’s Carmine Conte and New York’s Matteo Milleri. A dark and deep sounding act that I had experienced before on a festival stage and that now was scheduled for a long set at one of Belgium’s finest and best sounding clubs, Ampère. Although tired, the peer pressure I experienced was that high that I couldn’t bail out. I had to join the party.

With what was remaining from my energy I dragged myself to the venue. Further comforting and motivating myself by listening to a couple of the duo’s tracks. With the intention of sticking around for one or two hours.

New album ‘Endless’

Although they have already released a fair amount of music on imprints like Life & Death, R&S Records and their own Afterlife, it is only now that Tale of Us is releasing their debut album.  ‘Endless’ is set to be released on March 31 and will be dropped via Deutsche Grammophon, known for classical music from artists like Philip Glass and Leonard Bernstein.

According to the label, the record will fuse electronic, classical and ambient themes and will contain “a haunting mix of otherworldly textures and melodies embedded in a contemporary sound.”

The currently known tracklist is as follows:

01. Definizione Dell’Impossibile
02. Alla Sera
03. Ricordi
04. Oltre La Vita
05. Dilemma
06. Notte Senza Fine
07. Destino
08. Distante
09. Venatori
10. Quello Che Resta

The set

Although I do have a track record of attending clubs and parties, my intentions when heading over to those are primarily music related. Meaning: it’s not necessarily the environment I always want to be in, for various reasons, but the music is what gets me there. As a result, my expectations towards the performing artists are always high. And oh my, Tale of Us did not disappoint.

The set started off slowly, dark and brooding. And then the guys took us on a trip like me and my friends have rarely experienced before. For four hours straight the dynamic duo lay down an adventurous and haunting journey through their well built up and flawlessly executed set. And by doing so brought us a magical and emotional story. A carefully outlined story with its quiet moments but with just the right amount of ecstatic eruptions. Every single time prepared in the most meticulous way possible. My fatigue disappeared on the spot, time flew by and when it was over my friends were looking at one another, asking ourselves what had just had happened. It was majestic and – to phrase the carrot-colored leader of the not so free world –  it was beautiful.

Club music from time to time gets a poor image because of obvious reasons. Something a lot of button pushing mainstream artists, unfortunately, are contributing too. But at its best moments, this music segment is innovating, surprising and inspiring. And is able to compete with the grandeur of classical music. It is fair to state that Tale of Us have firmly positioned themselves over there.

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