Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld: Come up and see me

This is really SOMETHING!

A trans-Alpine alliance of the highest order, Still Smiling sees Blixa Bargeld join forces with Italian composer Teho Teardo for a bold, 13-track, hour-long album released on Italy’s Specula label.

„Musically, Still Smiling is so absorbing and enduring a listen thanks to its range of melodic ideas and well-executed experimentation. Its sequencing and structure is no doubt so eloquent thanks to Teardo’s history in film and theatre. The Balanescu Quartet also give a great performance on three of the tracks, especially on Come Up And See Me, with its almost histrionic ballet between strings and a pleading vocal of „come up and see me some time“ over roughly clacking rhythms.“
The Quietus