Maerchensee (2013)

by Hannes Smith

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This debut album represents a very personal part of Hannes Smith's life consisting of various events and little stories which evolved at the parent's house in Cunewalde near Bautzen, above and beneath the roofs of Berlin, in the train, car or aircraft, before and after performances and throughout a support tour for the Icelandic band Bloodgroup in Spring 2012 and with partial recording in virtual collaboration with Veronique Jacques, M-Band and Rachael Boyd.

Commencing with first outlines in Winter 2012, Hannes Smith has revised over 150 different song ideas and discarded a vast chunk, completing the mastering only in November 2012. Finally, 11 pieces made it onto the album. A percussive piano, gently touching string passages as well as a selection of well-dosed electronical elements are meandering through Hannes Smith's 'Fairy-tale Forest' in an aerial and dreamy way, providing a considerably greater narrative character compared to some of his previous work. Even though the focus of the tracks does not merely lie on danceable beats - as usual - they are still there: Sometimes, they secretly sneak around the corner, while often they modestly stay at the background. However, the clubbing context of Hannes Smith still gets through each pore with these entirely new and different tracks.
"The idea for creating an own album exists already for two years. But only now, I have felt matured enough for such a comprehensive production process showing some new, very personal facets of myself." Hannes Smith is an artistic 360-degrees one-man-business: The 26-year-old manages the entire cycle from recording, producing, mastering, CD case design, art work all the way through the publishing process.


released January 28, 2013

all tracks written & produced by Hannes Smith
co-produced and mastered by Neven
all cello written & recorded by Veronique Jacques
violin in track 01 & 07 written and recorded by Rachael Boyd
vocals in track 08 written & recorded by Hjördur Már Bjarnason
artwork by Karla (



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Track Name: Heimasee
We hide in the field of our fears,
almost seaside where air is clear,
birds are circling over-sea,
Blue-grey sea of consistency.

Please stop searching,
your heart got somethin’ for free.
So why not resting
and why pretending to flee?

So lets start running,
to the rainbow above the sea.
lets join circling,
and get closer to be free.

Why not circling, Why not running,
with me?
Why still searching, Why not resting,
With me?

Please stop searching,
your heart got somethin’ for free.
So why not resting,
and why pretending to flee?

You keep running
You keep searching
You keep hiding
You keep falling
Track Name: Maerchensee
I keep standing in my bastion's dark,
waiting for my, for my hopes to spark.
I keep loosing, loosing my big crown,
But I can't flee, flee out of my town.

We keep drifting, drifting apart
We keep drifting, drifting apart
Track Name: Montosee (w/ M-Band)
In the interlude
were I hide my eyes when I need to
the endless stairs lead to this silent hill
were the smothering time is still, moving still

And I need, I need something, to feel, to hear
to see the answer's near
And it don´t so
I am it, I´m it, the frightened deer
afraid to move up the hill

But we still could try
and see it through
Believe we're alright
and continue