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Confidence In The Future

by Spinning Motion

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  • NOAJ001 - LP - Limited Edition of 500 copies
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    High Quality reissue of the lost & found album "Confidence In The Future" from 1980 by Spinning Motion. Newly mixed and re-mastered from original multi-track tape by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering, Berlin. LP comes on a 180g vinyl & a heavy weight, old school tip-on gatefold cover. Including MP3 download card, original lyrics sheet and sticker.

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Blue 02:18
mortal stillness, turning - forks will give the sound church - clock’s ringing it’s a rainy night one horse - woman in the wood comes to a resolution dusty stirrups hanging form the trees frown your forehead paw of pigeon will touch you you begin to reel come to a resolution mourning - crapes flying all around too many visions drift - ice is around you deaf-mutes telephone to death come to a resolution mortal stillness, turning - forks will give the sound church - clock’s ringing it’s a rainy night please begin to reel come to a resolution
i follow you i’m searching but tell me - who are you no, don’t think it’s you i’m talking about you are here listen i’m a prisoner of life try to catch you i’m running but don’t know - who are you no, don’t think it’s you i’m searching for you are near listen i’m a prisoner of life
back home to pardon’s place climbing up paper - mountains searching for the golden times afraid to think of the future mysterious faces are looking back to the times when they were free holding up the candlelight to show their bad sides of life sing sing my old grand - ma night is taking up the rhymes of rhythm and the trees are flowing to get a better life
Naze 03:52
my tip of tongue tastes burning negus in my glass the shine of corn - flowers want to see in it again my head is full of contrast - delicious ideas times must change now cause the wine is lukewarm… farewell, legend of lavender cause my mouth is full of aftertaste
flying balls and travelling sand make me feel alright laughing people, crying kids never will go blind green oranges and sand in my shoes are never to grow old no time to find a blindy man no time to find a wife burning faces, religious bells cannot see the sky many boots and gods in hell want the truth to tell goe goe the dogs will laugh and pretty girls just lie on over hundred thousand beds and men will be to die
switchboards standing round executioners operate your head will now fall down no shilling for your life chimpanzees watch the fight so much badness are around pain smashes you down you disappear between the mud no hiding place for you hunters came to break your neck track hounds sing a song of death awake - it’s just a dream
Elegy 02:47


As you are listen to “Confidence In The Future” today, it quickly becomes clear what kind of worlds must have collided here. A stunning amalgamation of aural treats, created by making subtle compromises between Pop, Jazz, Rock and Folk, that exists in every single track across-the-board. Due to its stylistic complexity “Confidence In The Future” is an album that is somehow never really able to settle on any one taste, inevitably opening up new dimensions to the listener. Imagine how this was in 1980. Especially in Berlin's commercial music scene. And especially when the involved musicians treated the project after its completion, more like a matter of personal importance than a career move. And for Hirsch, Spinning Motion's initiator, all of this seemed to be fulfilling enough. Prophetically the record is named after the most significant song of the eight-piece collection “Confidence In The Future”. 35 years on the title finds the verification it deserves. It unleashes its bottled power no sooner than the day, Jazzanova member and Notes On A Journey co-founder, Stefan Leisering finds the record in a crate at the flea market on the Strasse des 17. Juni. Like a bottle of Château Lafitte-Rothschild unearthed after 35 years, forgotten about in an abandoned cellar, do we get to experience the quiet composure and savage intensity of a treasure brought to light. It takes Leisering another ten years to comprehend what kind of music historical treasure has been hiding in his record collection. He acquired “Confidence In The Future” sometime in the early noughties and only by re-listening to this oddity one day in 2010 or 2011 did everything finally click into place. A lost gem of Berlin Pop history, one that could almost never have happened. Compositions so ahead of their time that you can only understand and classify them today properly. There's a sense of inadvertent (and therefore unaffected) ingeniousness in songs like “Devotion To You”, “Prisoner Of Life” and “Playground Of Burial-Funds” that you have to live in the 21st Century to appreciate fully. Each of the eight tracks (maybe apart from the instrumental closer “Elegy”) has some sort of melancholy, introverted reflectiveness, and yet still always something conciliatory. Manfred Tappert's voice lends his lyrics, written by him, but preconceived by Hirsch, something utterly personal, intimate even. Every single song, particularly within the framework of the oeuvre, tells a story, and due to this intimacy, and the adventurous arrangements touches you deeply. No matter the time or place.

To add to all of this, this incomparable record has also an entirely different facet, which only becomes apparent with today's perspective. The title track, “Confidence In The Future”, and “Answer My Questions” remind one eerily of Kings Of Convenience, and the cosy “Naze” resembles Turin Brakes. So evidently that you'll find yourself, while listening, in a quaint retro-retro-loop, the musical equivalent of a time paradox. But this is exactly the beauty of music. Music doesn't abide by the rules of time and space as we do, and therefore each listen to each piece of music is unique and purely based on the context of the listening. And every once in a while times have to change just so music can find a new determination and new listeners. Confidence in the future ultimately means: Good music is patient, outlives everything and will sooner or much, much later find its destination. NOTES ON A JOURNEY is looking eagerly forward to finally celebrating the first proper release of Spinning Motion's “Confidence In The Future”.


released June 26, 2015

Manfred Tappert - Guitars, E-Piano, E-Bass, Vocals
Stefan Thimm - Drums, Percussion
Eddie Hayes - Flügelhorn (A1, A3)
Joe Kucera - Soprano Saxophone (B1), Lyricon (B3)
Achim Hirsch - Spoken Words (B1, B4)
Produced by Achim Hirsch

Recorded At Music-Lab, Berlin January 1980
Mixed and Recorded by: Harris Johns

All tracks published by Edition Notes On A Journey / Fondue Publishing.

Newly mixed and re-mastered from original multi-track tape by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering, Berlin.

Product management by Oliver Glage.

Artwork by Frohe Zukunft Export.

(P) & © 2015 Notes On A Journey. NOAJ001. GEMA. All rights reserved.


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Spinning Motion Berlin, Germany

Spinning Motion was a studio project, initiated 1980 in Berlin by Achim Hirsch and Manfred Tappert, gathers musicians with origins as diverse as their musical backgrounds, aiming to find common ground between Folk, Pop, Jazz and all of its diversified variations. They comprise, Stefan Thimm, a founding member of Accept, saxophonist Joe Kucera and the Bostonian trumpet player Eddie Hayes. ... more

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