Under the name Erik Cohen, the Hamburg musician Daniel Geiger has attracted attention with three outstanding albums that develop a new vision of German-language rock music: hard, uncompromising, dark - but also very classical and paying homage to the great rock gods of the 70s. This approach was unusual from the start and served Cohen - also known as Jack Letten, frontman of Smoke Blow - as a playground for experiments.
So it's only logical that he now picks out the highlights of his album trilogy with a "Live in the Studio" album and presents them in a new sound: "I have tried to live out myself beyond genre boundaries in musical breadth through the three studio albums and have chosen quite different basic approaches in each case, which I can now bring together again conclusively before devoting myself to something completely new", the musician explains the idea behind the album with the title "Live from the past", which at the same time represents a retrospective like a kind of caesura.
He also doesn't want to be too high that he expresses himself in the German language, because he sees himself first of all "in the tradition of numerous international rock bands". "I subconsciously orientate myself on records that were formative for me as a musician and music fan. It's maybe 50 or 60 albums I've internalized to the core. This ranges from hardcore and punk to metal and wave to tasteful pop, classic rock records and more. So I don't think of myself as a 'German rocker'..."
A long-standing project of the former Rio traveler lyricist Misha Schöneberg - these transfers of Leonard Cohen's texts are quite successful, although somewhat mannered. That's one side of the coin. The other: the interpretations by German artists, which are more commercial pop, sometimes even pop.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.