Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dancer Vs. Politician

Whoever said French is the language of lovers and German a harsh guttural piece of auditory sandpaper obviously never heard Dancer Vs. Politician. Organized by Sanni Baumgaertner, who was originally from Germany but moved to Athens, GA in the late 90's and has popped back and forth since then, the group brings together a collection of Athens musicians backing Sanni up for a enchantingly whimsical ten tracks sung in both English and German.

Contrary to expectations, her voice smothly flows through lyrics, and put together with the instrumental backdrop is a mixture of Belle and Sebastian meets Au Revoir Simone. Besides presenting her voice front and center, Semmi also plays accordion, guitar, and musical saw, which contributes to that flighty summer day feeling. The two tracks below present her lyrics expressed in both languages. The first, Mach Dich Los (which I believe translates to "Take You Off," but probably means something completely different), is the album opener and is sung in German. The second, Justin Fairborn, is delivered in English (meaning you can sing along!) and features some lazy horn work and some catchy hand claps you can participate with as well.

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festus said...

I´d translate "Mach Dich los" as "Loose your ties" or maybe
"Free yourself"

Steve said...

What a great blog! I just stumbled on your blog and am loving it. I had never heard of Dancer vs. Politician before, but i like the Belle & Sebastian vibe.

Sean said...

Thanks for the better translation festus.

Thanks for the kind words Steve.