Features Werker's rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes the Flood" and Brandon Flowers' "Crossfire"!
Singer-songwriter, musician and author Katja Maria Werker is now on
Stockfisch with her album, "mitten im sturm" ("In the Midst of the Storm"). This
woman with the sensitive, elfin-like features makes an appearance wherever she
goes; on the stage of her dreams at the time when she was still collecting one
refusal after another from the record labels frequented by her artistic role
models. In her life as on the stage, storms have not been in short supply; as in
the title: "Aus dem Beton" ("Out of Concrete"), it is revealed: the moon is
inhabited. And a rough landing can still be followed by a smooth arrival – in
this case by art.
"Mitten im sturm" is a richly facetted album – squally periods followed by
intermittent calm, the rise and swell of the waves: Katja Werker's own
compositions; fresh, energy-laden pop songs ("Crossfire"), some English and
German folk; notably a Peter Gabriel classic from the Seventies ("Here comes the
Flood") not to mention an awe-inspiring rendition of the German hit pop song "Über
sieben Brücken musst du gehn". Arrangements are the artist's own.
Each of the album's tracks is unique, and all are highly authentic; personal in
the literal sense of the word: human experience, a biography, strife, endeavor
and triumph in life and art, heard – and felt – through the music ("Tief im
Innern"). The eye of the storm is the place where pain and healing are
neighbors, where "live or die" is the imperative, and hope is the tender but
determined plant which pushes its way up out of concrete.
Music – and a voice – that goes straight to the heart and remains there long
after the last song has ended.
All songs are beautifully performed in Katja's native German language except for "Crossfire" & "Here Comes The Flood" which are both performed in English.
• Mastering Monitors: B&W Bowers & Wilkins 801 D
• CD Pre-mastering: Hans-Jorg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics
• Produced and recorded by Gunter Pauler
Katja Maria Werker, vocal, guitar
Ian Melrose, guitars, whistle
Lutz Möller, Fender Rhodes, Mellotron
Alessandro Gulino, bass
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, bass
Martin Großkurth, Hammond B3
Peter Funk, Dobro
Lucille Chaubard, violoncello
Beo Brockhausen, Hang, udu, saxophone, hulusi
Lea Morris, backing vocals
1. Tief im innern
2. Aus dem beton
3. Crossfire (Vocals Performed In English)
4. Mitten im sturm
6. Vom selben stern
7. Here comes the flood (Vocals Performed In English)
8. Die zeit mit dir
10. Uber sieben brucken musst du gehn
11. Dreh den spiess um
12. Worauf wartest du
Total playing time, 48:19