CONNY OCHS NEW SINGLE “WAKE UP” STREAMING NOW;
FORTHCOMING ALBUM FUTURE FABLES DUE FEBRUARY 26TH; PREORDERS NOW LIVE
The maiden single from German folk singer/songwriter Conny Ochs‘ forthcoming third solo album, Future Fables– set for release in late February via Exile On Mainstream – has been released, the track “Wake Up” is now available for public consumption.
Conny Ochs and labelmate Friedemann will also celebrate a series of record release shows together surrounding the release of both of their new LPs, with shows in Quedlinburg, Herzberg and Dresden. Stand by for additional live performances to be announced shortly.
CONNY OCHS DOUBLE RECORD RELEASE SHOWS W/FRIEDEMANN
2/19/2016 Reichstrasse – Quedlinburg, DE
2/20/2016 P-Party – Herzberg, DE
2/21/2016 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE
Earlier in 2015, having released Freedom Conspiracy (Exile On Mainstream) with fellow Scott “Wino” Weinrich (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Shrinebuilder) and completed some touring across Europe, Conny Ochs returned to the studio at the end of the Summer of 2015, once again with producer/engineer/studio owner Thommy Krawallo, with whom his previous album, Black Happy and both collaborative albums with Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich were created in full analog fashion. The Kabumm Studio had just relocated from its historic location in a former East German and Soviet government radio complex in Berlin, to the wilderness of a rural Brandenburg village. Ochs went in with a bag full of sketches and licks, inhaling the raw atmosphere of the surroundings, a yet unfinished house full of instruments and equipment in the middle of nowhere, also trying to find its place. This unstable environment birthed a new start for him, letting in much more than a breeze of fresh air by widening his instrumental repertoire to drums, electric guitars, piano, bass and organ. The lyrics and stories circulate more than ever around people encountered and journeys undertaken over the past years – the album title referring to our tendency to give an unwritten future some kind of tangibility through dreams and visions.
Conny Ochs struck out on his own as a solo musician at the turn of the millennium, after having spent many years fronting heavier bands (such as Zombie Joe, Baby Universal) in his native Germany. Ochs’ solitary venture saw him make a marked departure from the direct sounds of modern rock, letting the influences of revered folk singer/songwriters like Woodie Guthrie, Townes van Zandt, Nick Drake and others inform his firm new direction across the course of multiple solo LPs and collaborations. Alongside his savvy combinations of acoustic and electric guitars, Conny owns an incredibly natural voice; soulful and dynamic, with a clean style that can bring about absolute joy, or of purely melancholic end-time inner blues. His songs focus on the interplay between storytelling and visions – this he carves into the rough edges of his organic and sparkling music. Keeping his approach pure and from the heart, Conny Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in and makes you a part of the music, his travels and struggles, and his search for freedom in life and song.
Future Fables will see release through Exile On Mainstream on February 26th, 2016. Preorders have been made available through the label, on both CD and LP. US orders for both the CD and LP can be placed via Earsplit Distro and digital preorders are available via iTunes, which include an instant gratification download of the track “Wake Up,”
“Wake Up” is a powerful statement by the singer/songwriter that wisely explores the potential that his voice holds. Ochs willingly puts his voice in the forefront of his folk and creates the conditions that will make you believe that he is singing and playing in the same room where you find yourself at while reading these words. “Wake Up” is just an example of the unbelievably gorgeous voice of Conny Ochs, the impeccable guitar playing, the imposing soul, and the fantastic production values that are present in his new album. Not that there were doubts about it but Conny Ochs presence alone reaffirms the healthy state of the folk scene worldwide.” – MUSIC & RIOTS