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Friday, May 15 2015 | 03:29
Image: 1597178 NOTES ON A JOURNEY is looking eagerly forward to finally celebrating the first proper release of Spinning Motion's “Confidence In The Future”.

180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Heavy Weight
Gatefold) + Download Card + Lyrics Sheet

As you are listen to “Confidence In The Future” today, it quickly becomes clear what
kind of worlds must have collided here. A stunning amalgamation of aural treats,
created by making subtle compromises between Pop, Jazz, Rock and Folk, that exists
in every single track acrossthe- board. Due to its stylistic complexity “Confidence In
The Future” is an album that is somehow never really able to settle on any one taste,
inevitably opening up new dimensions to the listener. Imagine how this was in 1980.
Especially in Berlin's commercial music scene.
And especially when the involved musicians treated the project after its completion,
more like a matter of personal importance than a career move. And for Hirsch,
Spinning Motion's initiator, all of this seemed to be fulfilling enough. Prophetically the
record is named after the most significant song of the eight-piece collection
“Confidence In The Future”. 35 years on the title finds the verification it deserves. It
unleashes its bottled power no sooner than the day,
Jazzanova member and Notes On A Journey co-founder, Stefan Leisering finds the
record in a crate at the flea market on the Strasse des 17. Juni. Like a bottle of
Château Lafitte-Rothschild unearthed after 35 years, forgotten about in an abandoned
cellar, do we get to experience the quiet composure and savage intensity of a treasure
brought to light. It takes Leisering another ten years to comprehend what kind of music
historical treasure has been hiding in his record collection. He acquired “Confidence In
The Future” sometime in the early noughties and only by re-listening to this oddity one
day in 2010 or 2011 did everything finally click into place. A lost gem of Berlin Pop
history, one that could almost never have happened.
Compositions so ahead of their time that you can only understand and classify them
today properly. There's a sense of inadvertent (and therefore unaffected)
ingeniousness in songs like “Devotion To You”, “Prisoner Of Life” and “Playground Of
Burial-Funds” that you have to live in the 21st Century to appreciate fully. Each of the
eight tracks (maybe apart from the instrumental closer “Elegy”) has some sort of
melancholy, introverted reflectiveness, and yet still always something conciliatory.
Manfred Tappert's voice lends his lyrics, written by him, but preconceived by Hirsch,
something utterly personal, intimate even. Every single song, particularly within the
framework of the oeuvre, tells a story, and due to this intimacy, and the adventurous
arrangements touches you deeply. No matter the time or place.
To add to all of this, this incomparable record has also an entirely different facet, which
only becomes apparent with today's perspective. The title track, “Confidence In The
Future”, and “Answer My Questions” remind one eerily of Kings Of Convenience, and
the cosy “Naze” resembles Turin Brakes. So evidently that you'll find yourself, while
listening, in a quaint retroretro- loop, the musical equivalent of a time paradox. But this
is exactly the beauty of music. Music doesn't abide by the rules of time and space as
we do, and therefore each listen to each piece of music is unique and purely based on
the context of the listening. And every once in a while times have to change just so
music can find a new determination and new listeners. Confidence in the future
ultimately means: Good music is patient, outlives everything and will sooner or much,
much later find its destination. NOTES ON A JOURNEY is looking eagerly forward to
finally celebrating the first proper release of Spinning Motion's “Confidence In The

A1 – Blue
A2 – Devotion To You
A3 – Prisoner Of Life
A4 – Confidence In The Future
B1 – Naze
B2 – Answer My Questions
B3 – Playground Of Burial-Funds
B4 - Elegy

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