Rae Spoon has Berlin Fever

Canadian country/folk musician Rae Spoon has been doing some pretty amazing things since he swooped off to Berlin.

For those familiar with his 2008 record—and Polaris long-list nominated album—SuperiorYouAreInferior, electronic music was a big influence on the Calgary-born musician. Spoon even incorporated crazy stargazing loops on tracks like “I Can’t Wait To Hear The Noise.”

Now, he’s collaborated with sound artist Alexandre Decoupigny in Berlin for a project titled Worauf Wartest Du?/What Are You Waiting For?

Folk and electronic music have never made a more beautiful love child.

As part of an international public art competition, eight projects have been selected to explore the Berlin underground as a social environment and as an imaginary world. Spoon’s is one of them.

The opening of the public art project on the BVG Berlin Underground network happens tomorrow, October 15, 2009. According to the Facebook event, “The collaborations between the selected artists, workers from different departments of the BVG and other Underground experts sets U10 within the context of an art practice acting in the interest of society and bringing art discourse into new social realms … Routine yet full of secrets, the Underground acts as a mirror of Berlin’s history and as a seismograph of the city’s current feel.”

Decoupigny and Spoon will be playing songs at Schlossstrasse Station from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. about the dreams and ambitions of Underground passengers. Their performance and CD What Are You Waiting For? is the result of a careful inquiry into the desires and wishes of those waiting on platforms.

Above is a video of Decoupigny and Spoon performing “I Won’t Get Lost (Berlin Fever)” in Kleistpark U bahn station in Berlin at 8 a.m. on October 13, 2009. Here’s the album version:

You can also download the album (for free!) HERE.

Oh, and a few days ago, my Facebook feed informed me that Spoon had written another new song in Berlin. The song (below) is called “Monsters.”


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