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Rivonia

Dear Reader

Rivonia

LabelCity Slang
VertriebUniversal
VÖ-Datum5.4.2013

Während Berlin zur Zeit eher mit desaströsen Flughafengeschichten, vegetarischen Dönern und schlechten Scripted Reality-Soaps mediale Aufmerksamkeit auf sich zieht, gibt es dennoch ein kleines akustisch-südafrikanisches Einöd namens Dear Reader, das in regelmäßigen Abständen für höchsterfreuliche Klangnachrichten von da oben sorgt.

2009 veröffentlichen die beiden Johannesburger Cherilyn MacNeilin und Darryl Torr als Dear Reader mit ihrem gemeinsamen Zweitwerk Replace Why With Funny ihr eigentliches Debütwerk und setzen damit ein fettes Independent’sches Ausrufezeichen. Nicht nur mit ihrem ausnahmslos grandiosen Great White Bear musizieren sie sich also schon vor knapp vier Jahren in viele, nicht ausschließlich metropolische Herzen und sind seitdem auch eine feste Bank in Sachen melancholisch beladener Musik. Wenn man es genau nimmt, nimmt man das Singular: Dear Reader ist aktuell eine Bank. Denn 2010 trennt sich das Duo und MacNeil lässt sich in Berlin nieder, wo sie dann auch die Songs zum Vorgänger Idealistic Animals verfasst.

Nachdem jenem, im Nachklang aber dann doch etwas unauffälligen Konzeptwerks kontert die Wahlberlinerin jetzt aber allen Kritikern, die mit dem Erstling einen Glückstreffer vermuteten. Konsequent manifestiert sich Cherylin mit ihren insgesamt elf nagelneuen Songs auf Rivonia zurück in die Spitzengruppe akustischen Schwermuts. Und wer solch passendes Gemütsliedgut wie die erste Singleauskoppelung Down Under, Mining, das bittersüße Good Hope oder auch das tiefbedrückte aber irgendwie dennoch schwebende Teller Of Truths auf einer Platte vereint, der reiht sich mit Fug und Recht neben Nick Cave, Lampchop oder James Blake im gesicherten oberen Tabellendrittel audial-düsterer „Stimmungsvirtuosen“ ein.

Dear Reader ist mit Rivonia wiederholt ein tolles Indie-Album gelungen. Schifferklavier, Bläser sowie diverse andere Zupfgeräte entfalten sich in spannenden Rhythmen und melancholischen Melodien. Ein wahres Sammelsurium an entzückten Ideen, feinen Arrangements. Stets durchgängig schön getragen vom wehmütigen Gesang MacNeils.

Tracklist:
  1. Down Under, Mining
  2. Took Them Away
  3. Good Hope
  4. 27.04.1994
  5. From Now On
  6. Man Of The Book
  7. Back From The Dead
  8. Teller Of Truths
  9. Already Are
  10. Cruelty On Beauty On
  11. Victory
Highlights:

Down Under, Mining, Good Hope, Back From The Dead, Teller Of Truths

Unsere Bewertung:
8 von 10
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