I’m smiling from the bottom of my shapeless soul… Still Smiling

Track Still Smiling comes from the eponymous CD and/or double LP.

This is a quite unique collaboration, an unexpected one between the italian composer Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einstürzende Neubauten and former Bad Seeds. They first met during the realization of Ingiuria, a theatre pièce and right after that they collaborated on a song for a soundtrack, A Quite Life. That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground.

The original use of strings: cello, violin, guitars, a full string quartet diverts the traditional perception of those classic instruments when they deal with electronics and the result is emotionally moving.

The album has been written and recorded between Berlin and Rome, it took nearly two years to be made, Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and silence.

There are 12 songs on Still Smiling, including a new version of A Quiet Life and a cover of Alone With The Moon by The Tiger Lilies.

Amongst collaborators there are The Balanescu Quartet and cellist Martina Bertoni.

Lyrics are visionary and are sung in english, german and italian, Blixa reveals a really personal and intimate side to the listener this time.

Still Smiling is an album whose special vision covers all the sky between Rome and Berlin, daytime and nocturnal.


 

still there?
still there.
I re-count the black days
recollect some circumstances
even though it takes my sleep
I recall the black days
the mismatches and the end of some affairs
I recall the black days
between zenith and nadir
is there a pattern anywhere?
I recall the black days
the blackest one it’s not the last one but it’s there
and somewhere down there
I’m smiling
still smiling
I’m smiling
from the bottom of my shapeless soul
I’m smiling
anyway
I recount the black days
wade through all the shadows
even so it takes my sleep
I recall the black days
the cuts and the recovery
from unnecessary growth
I recall the black days
as maybe grim and melanized
but also colourful
and somewhere down there
I’m smiling
still smiling
I’m smiling
from the bottom of my fairtrade soul
I’m smiling …
still there?