It’s the electronic sound, the synthesizer that usually forms the foundation of Red On. And still: »Drums« does sound like nature somehow. Like a silky haze in the earliest hours or darkness taking over at night. Like weather or nocturnal skies. Like an accidental, organical process that follows a natural lead, barely influenced by human hand. Two acoustic drum sets, which were recorded simultaneously, do give the Longplayer its name. They are coexisting in a strange but harmonic way with the well known spherical sounds of Red On. Not affected by the driven, forward facing drums, the echoes, guitars and drones are filling the room as if they were wandering through magnetic fields.
»Drums« is a collective but heterogenous project in which all parts remain visible. Somehow the songs even seem to contain opposites: Pressure and affection. Warm and cold. Shelter, Loneliness. Freedom and lead. It seems auctorial – like a wide view over a town, a land or a couple of sceneries. A reminder that so many things are happening all at once. It’s because Philipp Dittmar created instrumental shells to let other artists interpret and fill them with their own free associations. Like a story which can be extended endlessly without coming to an end.
– Lisa Neher
released October 1, 2021
All music written, produced and played by Philipp Dittmar between 2017 and 2020.
Drums by Philipp Schärdel; Additional drums, percussions and drum FX by Jakob Seitz; Cello by Sophia Schulz; Drum editing on tracks 5 and 6 by Stefan Rölle; Vocals and lyrics on track 3 by Jana Sotzko; Vocals and lyrics on track 8 by Bernd Pflaum ; Saxophone on track 9 by Marcel Doudieh.
Recoded by Philipp Dittmar, Philipp Schärdel, Jakob Seitz, Jana Sotzko and Bernd Pflaum in various rehersal rooms and bedrooms in Nuremberg, Berlin and Hohenstadt. Mixed by Philipp Dittmar at home and at Bekassine Studios, Nuremberg. Mastered by Isabel Schroer at Olo Mastering, Berlin.
Art Direction by Philipp Dittmar and Sabrina Zeltner at Complex Pleasures; Illustrations by Karin Kolb; Photography by Meike Männel; Design by Philipp Dittmar.