the album Solanum

Solanum - nightshades - is the third album by the mystic dark pop band DIE SCHATTEN from Berlin (Germany). It focuses on different nightly feeling experiences. Feelings are more pronounced in the night. This intensity of humans experience is served on the third album also by the typical floating synth sounds and the powerful guitar combined with the particular german lyrics of DIE SCHATTEN.
The songs are partially even from the first creative phase of the band, but were completely rearranged and expanded with new ideas. Like a good wine the songs gains a new musical bouquet through the creative rest period since the last album. The album ~Solanum~ has been recorded, mixed and mastered from winter to early summer of 2009 in homestudio using virtual cooperation.
The lyrics acting with the great feelings of love, fear and anger. These feelings are especially strong in the night. Away from the light of everyday life, they often seems to be more powerful than in the daytime. Deep wounds, fears and longings demanding are greater in the night.
Despite the dark facets on the album Solanum DIE SCHATTEN see the entire work in a more hopeful light. One hand, it's a real new start for the band after a long break, on the other hand, old songs growing into much more mature interpretation influenced by the temporal distance. This also leads to new personal views on previously appointed experiences in the texts. DIE SCHATTEN themselves looks in Solanum as the musically most intense album so far.

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The music of DIE SCHATTEN is not to describe with a style of popular names and tags. They even describe the music as a Dark-Mystic-Pop. The special feature is the mix of floating synthesizer sounds, unusual samples and powerful guitar combined with special german lyrics. DIE SCHATTEN process influences in the music from alternative pop, trip hop, electronic and classical music. The darkly romantic symbolism of DIE SCHATTEN texts differs from the average of other German Dark Wave or Rock bands. Music and lyrics (in German!) creates an atmosphere filled with feelings of sadness, anger and thoughtfulness. The albums presents quite versatile, from danceable rhythms to experimental songs, there is a lot to hear. Since the appearance of Estuans Interius the music of DIE SCHATTEN has heavily developed. In May 2000, they have recorded the song Jade and published it on they homepage. Then we disappeared a long time in the shadows of our self ... 2009: DIE SCHATTEN just quits a long artistic creation break and working on new material. On this occasion DIE SCHATTEN have published the old music again (on jamendo). Finally the new album Solanum has been released in july 2009.

Sascha Kubath
(guitar / vocal / lyrics)

Andreas Schirr
(synthesizer / drums / programming / production)