How relaxed melancholy can be
The ‘sofa concerts’ in the Ulm Kulturfahrschule have long been a cherished focal point for music fans, and the intimate setting provided the perfect backdrop for the melodic and emotionally driven soundscapes of Leipzig band The Tiller & the Tide, who put on a beautiful concert evening for music lovers and willing dreamers.
Two acoustic guitars, drums and delicately intertwined vocals transported the audience into dream-like parallel worlds. The band – guitarist Robert Eder, the Australian guitarist Stephen James Willis, and drummer Johannes Sens and Markus Wagner (bass) – achieved a balance between quiet, almost delicate songs and complex rhythm-driven soundscapes, which can often be imagined as the soundtrack to a melancholy road movie. As is often the case in modern pop, it was a satisfying kind of melancholy that brought the music to life, with the setting of the Kulturfahrschule helping out nicely.
Robert Eder and Stephen James Willis write most of the songs, and their debut album Nero’s Prospect – created in the studio of Fanta-4-guitarist Markus Birkle – and hits the spot with some excellent craftsmanship. The sound of melodic bass lines, gently brushed cymbals, intricate riffs and exquisitely harmonised vocal lines is an experience; a beautifully made, living, breathing work that evokes real life and invites the listener to smile but also to think. Enthusiastic applause from the audience.