My Idea Of Fun

by Protestant Work Ethic

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Cherry Glow
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A Scorched Patch Of Tarmac
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Pull Me Out, They Say, The Water Has Risen To The Base Of My Neck
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We're Useful Now, But Soon We'll Be Interesting
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Bride Sees Shark Eat Groom
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Power Move 05:06
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If You Say It Real Fast
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A Fun Weekend, Again
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A Gallant Of The Terror
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Beached 05:52

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Labelausflug nach Ibiza. Am Sprit gespart, der Flieger stürzt ab! Die letzten Worte des Konkord-Teams: „Zumindest haben wir ein paar Platten von Protestant Work Ethic veröffentlicht!“ Mit dem aktuellen Album beweist Simon Usaty, das Herz, die Lunge von PWE, dass diese Einschätzung der Bedeutung von PWE goldrichtig ist. Mit Soundzauberer Martin Siewert, David Schweighart (Schlagzeug), Heidi Fial (Kontrabass), Werner Kitzmüller (Gesang), Cellisten, Flötistinnen und Susaphonisten präsentiert Simon Usaty einen Cirque de Soleil für die Ohren: spooky Chöre wie der Nachhall alter Hollywood-Soundtracks, kammermusikalische Farbpaletten, Feedback, verzerrte Stromgitarren. Jeder Song ein eigener Charakter - und doch sind sie musikalisch und textlich subtil und subversiv ineinander verwobenen. Wie bei einer guten Show sitzt die Schönheit des Ganzen in der liebevollen Ausarbeitung der Details.

„And again it tickles me / Callous heart beating fast I’m back to start again / Like a bird perched on a scarecrow / Raven eyes and talons too.“ Dissonanzen gehen Allianzen ein mit catchy Melodien. Mitten im Song setzen plötzlich Brüche ein, die den wunderbar sperrigen Sinn für Eleganz und Dramatik auf den Punkt bringen.

Simon Usaty und seine ArtistInnentruppe spielen sich im Lauf des Albums immer weiter frei vom Folk und Singersongwriting – auf den Spuren von Sufjan Stevens trifft My Idea Of Fun auf die poppige Experimentiergier einer Kate Bush, hebt ab und driftet weg mit Starsailor Tim Buckley. Bombast, Melancholie, Euphorie, Minimalismus. Protestant Work Ethic arbeiten auf My Idea Of Fun ohne Netz. Das nimmt uns ZuhörerInnen in guten Momenten den Atem. Wie sich in A Fun Weekend, Again nicht nur der Sänger (Werner Kitzmüller!) ändert, sondern sich aus einer introvertierten Folkballade ein Dancepophit herausschält, das ist hohe Kunst:

„Where the sidewalk ends / I waited for you / Spectres at my ear, whispering / Where the sidewalk ends / For a little longer still / Whisper in my ear sweet nothings.“ Abwege ja, wispern ja. Sweet nothings - nein! Mit My Idea Of Fun haben Protestant Work Ethic einen Drahtseilakt an Emotionalität, Freiheit und Schönheit hingelegt, der seinesgleichen sucht. Da capo!

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My Idea Of Fun, the third vinyl longplayer of Vienna’s Protestant Work Ethic on KONKORD, is another inspiring collaberation of great talent. Simon Usaty, the heart and the lung of Protestant Work Ethic, David Schweighart on drums, Heidi Fial on double bass and the vocals of Werner Kitzmüller are joined by soundwizzard Martin Siewert and a playful gang of cellists, flutists and one susaphonist even, to produce a Cirque de Soleil like journey through Simons musical imagination.

Be prepared to enter a very stunning realm with sounds reverberating like old Hollywood movies, painted in all the colours known to chamber music, it’s bits tenderly distorted. Each song shines in it’s own individual way but still remains a part of a bigger whole, of a plan rich in details and interwoven by both words and harmonies. Sometimes subtle, sometimes subversive. Always intriguing.

„And again it tickles me / Callous heart beating fast I’m back to start again/ Like a bird perched on a scarecrow / Raven eyes and talons too.“

Simon Usaty and his troupe d’artistes are dancing like butterflies and sting like Sufjan Stevens, to encounter the experimental mind of Kate Bush to finally take off and drift away with starsailoring Tim Buckley. What a melee of euphoric melancholy and exuberant minimalism.

„Where the sidewalk ends / I waited for you / Spectres at my ear, whispering / Where the sidewalk ends / For a little longer still / Whisper in my ear sweet nothings.“

Protestant Work Ethics recorded their latest stunt My Idea Of Fun without safety net, aiming to take our breaths away. And they do, because the way they’re dancing the tightrope on this recording is unheard of and emotionally most liberating. This is an embellishing listen without equal. We want more! And you will, too!

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releases October 30, 2020

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