Roter Mohn Roger Matura

Album info

Album-Release:
2021

HRA-Release:
29.10.2021

Label: Ozella

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Contemporary

Artist: Roger Matura

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  • 1Roter Mohn03:40
  • 2Jealous Guy03:56
  • 3Night and Day03:33
  • 4Get It On04:01
  • 5Baby I Love You03:05
  • 6Leise Flehen Meine Lieder05:00
  • 7Somewhere over the Rainbow02:56
  • 8The Wind Cries Mary06:44
  • 9Stand by Me03:53
  • 10Somewhere over the Rainbow (Piano Version)02:09
  • Total Runtime38:57

Info for Roter Mohn



A cover album like no other: On Roter Mohn, Roger Matura turns John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" into an ambient ballad propelled by softly gyrating kalimbas, while "Get it On" by T. Rex rises like a psychedelic phoenix from the ashes of feedback and multilayered vocals.

Whereas his previous releases sported a warm vintage sound, Matura had something more current in mind this time: All three albums build self-contained worlds from elements of electronica, acoustic instruments and his recognisable voice.

The result is remarkable: Some of Roger Matura's cover versions sound more personal than the original songs.

It's not the first time Roger Matura has published three albums in one year. And yet, his current trilogy is different from anything he's done before. Whereas his previous releases sported a recognisably warm vintage sound, Matura had something altogether more current in mind this time: "I was inspired by the music of Bon Iver," he confesses. "The song "Holocene" was playing in a movie I was watching and I was instantly captivated by his incredible voice, his unique style and soundscapes. I went out and bought the album straight away." This, he decided, was going to be the direction he would take for his new album.

And yet, the road was paved with setbacks. To keep an open mind, Matura rejected working with an outside producer, opting instead to record and mix the music himself. This, however, meant studying the necessary technology first. Two years of "hair-tearing, nerve- wrecking and occasionally frustrating production work" ensued. Despite the unavoidable breakdowns, there was a happy ending after all: All three albums display a completely personal sound, building self-contained worlds from elements of electronica, acoustic instruments and Matura's recognisable voice.

Surprisingly, this is probably clearest on the cover versions contained on Roter Mohn (Red Poppy). In these radical interpretations, listeners are granted deep insights on how Matura's mind works. He turns John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" into an ambient ballad propelled by softly gyrating kalimbas. "Get it On" by T. Rex rises like a psychedelic phoenix from the ashes of feedback and multilayered vocals. And Franz Schubert's „Leise flehen meine Lieder"returns as a far-out trip hop track with an angry analog bass line.

This not just an artist covering his favourite tunes. Rather, Matura internalises the pieces until they have truly become part of his own, inner galaxy. The result is remarkable: Some of these songs sound more personal than his own, original songs.

Roger Matura, vocals, grand piano, piano, guitars, keyboards, orchestration, drum & sound programming
Armin Dahm, keyboards, piano, bass, drum & sound programming



Roger Matura
Some call him a “softer version of Tom Waits”. Others refer to him as the “Dylan from the Ruhr area”. With the release of three albums in a single year (“Roter Mohn”, “Take on the Giants” und “Time on Earth”), Roger Matura once again proves he is a lot more than that. Once again, he has re-invented himself, sounding more eclectic and current than ever before. Each of the three discs highlights a different aspect of his personality: One sees him as a sensitive composer, another as a laterally thinking cover artist. Take on the Giants, finally, documents his work as an ambitious, forward-thinking songwriter.

This album contains no booklet.

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