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Friday, Apr 24 2015 | 06:30
Image: 1595489 Long overdue full length The Great Escape from ComixXx is finally here!

The album here now at hand has been in work for more than a year. Just enough time for
Sebastian Damerius aka ComixXx to bring in fourteen tracks which complete in its build up his
long-awaited solo album. For this cause he invited several guests to his Berlin based studio.
Maybe first and foremost Alex Barck, who has been backing him up throughout all of the
production process with his enormous experience and his beyond any doubt reliable sense of
style. It has been Barck, too, how discovered the 15-year old singer Mirna in the school choir
of his daughter and brought her to ComixXx' studio to record her self-penned “Can U Feel?”.
That's also already the album's first hit, having been released already last year as a teaser
with a wide response.
More than just a brief feature on the album enjoys Knixx. The long lasting friendship
between the Berlin based singer and ComixXx resulted already in several mutual productions
over the last few years. This time half of all the songs on “The Great Escape” are contributed
by Dominik “Knixx” Wirth. For instance the ballad “Love Is Overrated”, the sinister, badass
beats-driven “Up In The Shell”, the Berlin homage “BLN” and of course the title track “The
Great Escape”. All of them perfect shaped pop gems which should, no, have to get airplay on
every decent radio station in this world. Also “Miss You” with its Spoken Words by Babet
Mader the album's guiding theme comes into effect: “The Great Escape” tells the story of the
melancholic farewell of a great love, the emergence into a new stage of life and the confidence
in the things to come.
“Spread Your Love” is a comforter in this field: Peter Folk's marvellous voice smoothens
across the bone-dry polyrhythmic drum programming until the track uprises to stunning heights
with its acid-like synth chords. A further sure-shot off this album. The very same Peter Folk can
also be heard on the closing track of the album, “Rock Bottom Riser”, a brilliant cover version
off Bill Callahan's 2005 album “A River Ain't Too Much To Love”. The two instrumentals “Dark
Spring Break” and “Short Memories” act as short intermezzos between all these guest
appearances without being less thrilling or even being shy of getting accused of acting as
mere fillers. Quite the contrary so. ComixXx' gift for restrained, beatific, atrabilious productions
are displayed on these two tracks to the fullest. The best example for
his craft though is “Broken Connection” with British singer and Sonar Kollektiv associate Pete
Josef. His fragile voice baths in a sea full of tears, fights pitifully against memories and
letdowns to eventually put a new complexion on all future aspects yet again. This is plainly and
simply just masterfully designed and narrated. This is pop music of 2015. This is one of the
albums of the year.

01. The Great Escape
02. Redlight Skies
03. Can U Feel?
04. Slow Motion
05. Miss You
06. Spread Your Love
07. Dark Spring Break
08. Love Is Overrrated
09. Broken Connection
10. Up In The Shell
11. BLN
12. Short Memories
13. Hearing You
14. Rock Bottom Riser Available from 05.06.2015
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