Claudius - Get Out

11 songs
37:01 minutes
***** **
Finest Noise


Claudius Rieth has quite the interesting resume. Born in 1972 in the Peruvian capital city Lima, he spent most of this youth in the Northern German town Hamburg before he decided to start his studies in Chile. He’s been living in Santiago de Chile for more than ten years now, and owns a studio where he records all kinds of artists, and of course his own music. A debut album came out in 2004, and now, eleven years later, it’s time for the follow-up Get Out.

The jack-of-all-trades plays all the instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards) and is furthermore in charge of the vocals. The cover artwork lets you guess already that we are in for a mellower kind of music. The opener See You may start a little unspectacularly, but is gradually building momentum and allows even for comparisons to Robert Wyatt, thanks to the keyboard playing. The following Get Out Of Here combines rock, pop and singer/songwriter in a neat way. Even on noisier territory, like Going Down, Claudius never loses his calm. His heavier side is only displayed on Chocolate. Claudius also has quite the knack for pop melodies. Close could have been a song from Muse, and further hit potential can be found on Fine Time and Stay. Towards the end, the complex No Way To See surprises with progressive rock elements.

Even though Get Out is a very quiet record, it doesn’t lack suspense. The rich instrumentation would never let you guess that this is a solo album. Despite the album’s concise length, there are plentiful ideas that make sure that there is never any boredom coming up. Fans of more laid back music should consider themselves addressed.

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