Al Berkowitz
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GB London – Psychedelic / Britpop / Rock / Melodic / Garage Rock
Al Berkowitz

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Tempel Arts
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond Album 2015
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Two Delightful Evenings With Al Berkowitz Album 2014
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Magical Cynical Single 2013
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder The Frenchmand and The Rabbitman Single 2012
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Football, Women and Knives EP 2009
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder A Better Way EP 2009
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Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Barely Nice Album 2009
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ENGLISH: Al Berkowitz is an experimental rock ensemble commanded by composer and producer Ignacio Simón.

It was founded in 2006, when the Spanish psychedelic band The Inhabitants joined forces with American beatnick Aldous Berkowitz and started recording and touring under different names. After Aldous’ departure in 2007, they christened the band Al Berkowitz as a homage to their former bandmate and mentor. Over the last years, Al Berkowitz have combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and have quickly become recognized as one of the most captivating and experimental bands around Europe. Their music combines folk, experimental music and other influences. They have released two studio LP’s and a bunch of singles, EPs and live recordings to date.

Their debut album ‘Barely Nice’ was released in 2009 and was well received by critics. Their sophomore effort, ‘A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond’ halfway between psychedelia, folk and experimental music, comes out worldwide in a revised version on Tempel Arts, roughly two years after being released in Spain to critical acclaim. ‘A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond’ draws a genuine and unclassifiable musical universe, where every little sound and detail seem to fit in neatly. It features crushing harmonic affluence and expressionist, yet delicate, arrangements.’A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond’ culminates a series of releases arising from the same sessions: the singles ‘The Frenchman and The Rabbitman’ and ‘Magical Cynical’ and the EP ‘A Better Way’.

DEUTSCH

In den letzten Jahren hat Al Berkowitz, die in London niedergelassen ist, einzigartige Musik mit euphorischen Live-Performances kombiniert und sich als einer der faszinierendsten und experimentellen Bands Südeuropas bekannt gemacht.

Ihr zweites Album, eine Mischung aus Psychodelia, Folk und experimenteller Musik, kommt weltweit auf Tempel Records, etwa ein Jahr nachdem es in Spanien von vielen Kritikern einstimmig gelobt wurde. "A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond", eine schwer einzuordnende Platte, wiedergbt ein musikalisches Universum, wo jedes kleine Detail ein Teil des Ganzes entspricht und zueinander perfekt passt.

FRANÇAIS:

Écouter la musique d'Al Berkowitz est de vous plonger dans une ambiance musicale unique et inclassable, univers où toutes les nuances et tous les sons ont sa raison d'être. Avec une très grande richesse harmonique, les huit morceaux de l'album parviennent à maintenir une essence honnête et sincère et à atteindre un équilibre redoutable entre des esprits et styles contradictoires.

Beaucoup de styles et d'influences convergent dans Al Berkowitz : la pop baroque de The Beach Boys, le cynisme mélancolique de Robert Wyatt, le folk psychédélique de Robyn Hitchcock, les Grizzly Bear les plus sombres, le paysagisme expérimental de Charles Ives et Iannis Xenakis, l'intensité de The Pop Group, l'intimisme de Nick Drake ou l'histrionisme du début de Pink Floyd, pour ne citer que quelques examples.

ESPAÑOL:

Surgida en 2006 del feliz encuentro del genial bluesman americano Aldous Berkowitz con
tres músicos madrileños, Al Berkowitz lleva desde entonces dando forma a una brillante y atípica carrera musical a través de un prometedor
EP de presentación (Man in the Air, 2006), un deslumbrante primer disco de estudio
(Barely nice, 2009), una contundente grabación en directo (Apprenticeship and
Attitude, 2009) y la culminación de todos ellos en “A long hereafter / Nothing beyond”
(2012), una megalómana pero elegante propuesta en dos partes, grabada en los
estudios de Paco Loco y que ha supuesto la consagración definitiva de la banda.
Aunque a lo largo de estos años hayan sido comparados con artistas dispares como Robert
Wyatt, David Byrne, Tim Buckley, Television, Ash Ra Tempel, Public Image Ltd., Nick Drake
o Grizzly Bear, lo cierto es que, a lo largo de su corta trayectoria, han sabido encontrar un
sonido propio y reconocible en el que encajar unas composiciones sumamente cuidadas y
unos arreglos delicados. En Al Berkowitz, cada etapa de la creación musical lleva implícita ese
carácter innovador y nostálgico, experimental y primitivista, melancólico*
y esperanzador, que define su obra.