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D/B Recommended: Masha Qrella & Normal Love @ Ritter Butzke Berlin | Tuesday, 18.12.2012

Having released a new album Apologies on Morr Music earlier in the year and just back from a Japan tour Berlin’s Masha Qrella plays a home-show this December.

With Normal Love supporting this is another great lineup in amStart’s Mitternachtsblau concert series at Ritter Butzke.

Born to a Russian physicist and a German mother who worked as a somnologist, Masha Qrella’s childhood was naturally both laid-back and exciting. It was around the time when Jim O’Rourke started out in Chicago, when Stereolab were busy taking over London, while Mouse on Mars were re-inventing the sound of Düsseldorf that Masha and her trusted companions (among them bass player/engineer Norman Nitzsche) set out to create Berlin’s own version of post rock in a small basement somewhere in mellow Berlin-Pankow.

Masha Qrella | Talk To The Trees

The unique sound of Masha’s band projects, Mina and Contriva, was among the first signals coming from Villa Qrella, as the little studio space was dubbed eventually; and soon enough people started to pick und and fall in love with these signals – even in the UK, soon followed by other parts of the world such as the US and Japan. In 2002, Masha released her first solo album entitled “Luck” and thus stepped out as a singer/songwriter in her own right.

After two more albums, among them “Speak Low”, a collection of beautifully rendered Kurt Weill and Frederick Loewe cover songs released in 2009, she’s about to drop a new album entitled “Analogies” – the latest high point in her career: “Analogies” is essentially her take on pop music, sitting perfectly between folk, indie rock, and all the huge radio anthems from decades past. Once again it is an album that was recorded in that tiny studio in Berlin-Pankow, but it’s clearly designed to blow minds all over the world.

Normal Love | Suddenly

Those with their ears close to the sounds of berlin underground (should) have undoubtedly heard more than their fair share of rumors about “Normal Love”!
Named after a movie by Jack Smith, female vocalist Pauline P, Inka Kamp on drums (ex rhythm king & her friends) and guitarist Ben Kaan catch the energy of live performance, combining subtle melodies and disco beats in their songs with a slight ’80s’ delight.

Masha Qrella Band & Normal Love LIVE
presented by Morr Music / AmStart

Tuesday, 18 december 2012 | 20:00 CET
Ritter Butzke | Ritterstraße 26 | 10969 Berlin/Kreuzberg

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