Boomkat Product Review:
The third outing for Hausmeister on Karaoke Kalk arrives, and while the name is probably the least well known of the Karaoke roster, the albums have always been amongst the very best material on the label. "Hausmeister" literally means "caretaker", and from the homespun, almost brazilian charms of ‘Nitten’ from the self-titled debut, to the slide guitars and prominent gingham of "Unser", Hausmeister have in one way or another been a consistent part of our office soundtrack for the last two years. The intro ‘Ester’s Moonraker melodies sweep over smooth, warm bass tones perfectly setting up the harpsicord funk of ‘Wester’ - a jolt of pure pleasure for the head and heart. Songs, sometimes without words, play a large part in the Hausmeister world, ‘Freitag’s lilt hints at affinities to the brazilian songs of Caetano Veloso, the pastoral settings of folk, maybe even Gorkis from the new breed. "Kleiner" with its acoustic guitar and breathing flute deepens still further the inherent tenderness of the Hausmeister sound. ‘Weiter’ meaning ‘further’ or ‘forward’ is a step onwards to a more heartfelt sound, and a definite maturing of Hausmeister’s skills. A great conclusion to a busy year for Karaoke Kalk, which has seen the triumph of Donna Regina’s "Northern Classic", the critically acclaimed albums from März and Wechsel Garland, the hand sewn vinettes of Takagi Masakatsu and back to base in Kandis’ manoeuvres with bass and rhythm on "Airflow". "Weiter" affords many further moments of acoustic summer dreams and perky electronic themes, just the album to curl up with as winter nights gather in.