KLAMMHEIM - Heimwärts CD
CD in digipak / Heimatfolk
If you're a Neofolk aficionado familiar with Steinklang's Pagan Folk collection, or the Austrian club scene, Klammheim should be a name you've noticed. And now Klammheim's debut album is here.
Heimwärts is a collection of melancholic, soft-spoken and acoustic folk songs that occasionally reveal Klammheim's roots in heaver, rockier sounds.
All vocals are sung in lead singer Dea's Styrian (Austrian) dialect, and to augment the band's line-up of guitars, accordion and percussion are guest musicians such as Thomas Bøjden (Die Weisse Rose) and Benjamin Sperling (Jännerwein).
The album is based around the longing for the Heimat, the mythical homeland of German romantics. But you don't need to be a feather pen-swinging poet to long for the Heimat, it's enough to think that the snow was whiter, the rain softer, the world more magical, back when you were younger -- and to long for the times and places that made you who you are.
One song "Wandel zur Ruh" is based on the lyrics of a Styrian Writer, Paula Grogger. The song "Namenlos" ("Nameless") is based around a cemetery in Vienna which contains the remains of souls who drowned in the river Danube; pregnant suicides or murdered children.
The album is housed in a lavish digipack with a 16-page booklet created by Benjamin König (Lunar Aurora) from Sperber Illustrations, based around photographs by lead singer Dea.
There is also a extravagant wooden collector's box which, apart from the album itself, also contains a t-Shirt, button, three postcards accompanying various songs, as well as a bonus CD including two live videos from Klammheim's concert in St. Koloman. Last but not least, the box will contain a Styrian culinary surprise with a special KlammHeim flavour.
Klammheim have not run straight off the Neofolk mill that seems to be working overtime these days. They are as indebted to Austropop as Neofolk, as influenced by Wolfgang Ambros as Death in June.
Nix wies wor
Vom höchsten Gipfel
Streck die Hand aus