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Das dunkle Amerika

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The Place We Ran From

Tired Pony

The Place We Ran From

LabelFiction Records
VertriebCooperative Music/Universal
VÖ-Datum23.7.2010

Supergroup-Alben sind so eine Sache, vor allem wenn der bisher nicht ernst genommene Pop-Star mit seinem neuen Side-Projekt fremdgeht, um endlich einmal auch das Lob der Kritiker einzuheimsen. Kann ganz schön in die Hose gehen. Das dachte sich auch Gary Lightbody von Snow Patrol, als er sich Anfang des Jahres mit sechs anderen Mannen in einem Studio im amerikanischen Portland einschloss und innerhalb weniger Tage sein langersehntes „Country“-Album einspielte. Ganz so Country ist The Place We Ran From dann doch nicht geworden, aber wir können Lightbody beruhigen: In die Hose ist sein neues Album ganz und gar nicht gegangen. Vielmehr liefern er und seine Supergroup Tired Pony ein in sich geschlossenes, sehr überzeugendes Debüt ab.

Kein Wunder, denn Lightbodys neue Band und Gastmusiker erinnern an ein Who-is-Who der amerikanischen und britischen Musikszene. Da ist zuerst einmal Peter Buck von R.E.M., der mit seinem charakteristischen Gitarren- und Mandolinenspiel Tired Pony seine ganz eigene, unverkennbare Note aufdrückt. Aus dem weiteren R.E.M.-Umfeld leiht Scott McCaughey Tired Pony sein multi-instrumentales Können, Richard Colburn von Belle And Sebastian schlägt die Drums, Snow Patrol-Vertraute Iain Archer und Troy Steward sind mit am Start und Producer-Legende Garret „Jacknife“ Lee verlieh The Place We Ran From den letzten Schliff. Als gern gesehene Gastmusiker geben sich Editors-Frontmann Tom Smith, US Kult-Singer-Songwriter M Ward sowie She & Hims Zooey Deschannel die Ehre.

Erstaunlich ist, dass die gesamte Starbesetzung zu Beginn der Aufnahmen ins Studio kam, und nicht den leisesten Schimmer hatte, was sie erwarten würde. Nur so viel wussten sie: Lightbody wollte mit dem Album dem "dunklen" Amerika huldigen und sich von Bands wie Wilco, Calexico und Lambchop inspirieren lassen.

Was im Endeffekt dabei herausgekommen ist, nennt der Ire Lightbody "Irish Americana" – und Recht hat er. Sicherlich klingt seine markante Stimme immer mal wieder nach Snow Patrol, aber ansonsten spiegelt The Place We Ran From tatsächlich das dunkle, geisterhafte Amerika, das in so vielen Country-Songs besungen wird. Immer wieder nehmen die Gitarren, die das Album maßgeblich prägen, eine Country-Wendung und Peter Bucks Mandoline verleiht den Songs eine wehmutige, wenngleich auch hoffnungsvolle Note. Das Album überzeugt letztendlich durch seine schlichte, unprätentiöse Ehrlichkeit und die ganz eigene Atmosphäre, die es kreiert. Stücke wie die erste Single Dead American Writers oder The Deepest Ocean There Is sind durchaus eingängig, ohne dabei allerdings ins Belanglose abzudriften. Gerade in letzterem Stück verleihen das abstrakte Gitarrenspiel und die hellen Synthi-Klänge dem Lied eine fast bizarre Anmutung. I Am A Landslide, von Archer geschrieben und gesungen, erinnert mit Akkordeon und sanfter Mandoline an eine Folk-Weise und Point Me At Lost Islands lässt dann schon mal mit Country-Fiddle Lagerfeuer-Romantik aufkommen. In Pieces beendet Tired Pony mit jeder Menge Feedback und einem Konglomerat aus dröhnenden Gitarren seinen Ritt durch den dunklen, aber dennoch hoffnungsvollen Westen.

Vielleicht war es für Lightbody gerade der Adrenalin-Kick, ins Studio zu kommen und zwölf erwartungsvolle Augenpaare auf sich gerichtet zu sehen, die den Country liebenden Iren so beflügelt haben. Mit The Place We Ran From hat sich der unsichere Pop-Star in die Liga der ernst zunehmenden Musiker katapultiert – bleibt zu hoffen, dass bald Album Nummer zwei folgen wird.

 

Tracklist:
  1. North Western Skies
  2. Get On The Road
  3. Point Me At Lost Islands
  4. Dead American Writers
  5. Held In The Arms Of Your Words
  6. The Silver Necklace
  7. I Am A Landslide
  8. The Deepest Ocean There Is
  9. The Good Book
  10. Pieces
Highlights:

Point Me At Lost Islands, Dead American Writers, I Am A Landslide

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