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Album Review

It's been a constant in the history of Tarwater — Bernd Jestram and Ronald Lippok are never satisfied, even with all the world of music that's been produced in over a century of recorded sound. Spider Smile, an invisibly conceptual album that deals with perceptions of America, sounds like an attempt to put into a pop context some of the most inconceivable music that's ever been produced. Whether it's electronic or electric or acoustic (or, usually, a mixture of all three), instrumental or vocal (here the boundaries are more distinct), Spider Smile is a cipher of bewitching sounds. "Witch Park" has an array of shakers, sequencers, and what sounds like a harmonica squealing away in a manner that sounds halfway between the sort of trance Robert Leiner used to produce and that of the Balinese gamelan orchestras. Tarwater's music is informed by the blues of America, the folk music of Africa, the electronic mood music of Cluster.

Customer Reviews

Don't listen To Monkey Nuts This album is Awesome ------^

The April Fool obviously has never heard Tarwater before. Tarwater is one of the members of To Rococo Rot. Both Rococo and Tarwater are EXTREMELY underrated. Their records are subtle and require an educated ear to appreciate. This album is a nice mixture of styles from all of Tarwater's previous albums. A must purchase for any fan of this artist. By the way the goober mentioned above was a fan of Avril Lavigne. He is hardly the person you want giving this album a review.


I forgot to mention that this artist also has a debuet on the ever popular cd, The Only Blip Hop Record You Will Ever Need, Vol. 1, compiled by the one and only, David Bryne, and if you don't know who he is then sit yourself down and begin a very long journey into the begings of essential music.

oh well...

it was so promising....


Formed: 1995 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Tarwater, a duo comprising Germans Bernd Jestram and Ronald Lippok, have recorded several albums of distinctive, mostly instrumental music tagged post-rock because of Lippok's involvement in To Rococo Rot -- a German trio that has recorded for experimental independents such as Soul Static Sound and City Slang. Guitarist/bassist/programmer Jestram and drummer/vocalist/programmer Lippok met in an East German punk band, and began recording together even while Lippok recorded with To Rococo Rot and Jestram...
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