Soaring Ways Over Water
German DJ and producer Fritz Kalkbrenner was able to take notes from his older brother Paul, an established producer and DJ in electronic music. Fritz gained popularity after the success of the song “Sky and Sand,” which was his first collaboration with his older brother. Fun fact: the track was featured in the movie Berlin Calling – which Paul starred in.
Although collaborating with Paul gave him international attention, Fritz still managed to capture his own fans. Now, this producer and DJ is currently on tour, putting on shows filled with theatrical settings that immerse listeners even deeper into the music. His live shows have created a fun environment, but his albums show a more intimate side of his sound.
On Ways Over Water, the first two tracks are strictly instrumental, setting an ambient tone for audiences. “Back Home” is the first single from his latest release. “I’m looking for ways over water, I’m looking for ways to go,” sings Kalkbrenner.
“Void” is the second track on Ways Over Water that features Kalkbrenner’s deep and intriguing vocals. The lyrics are filled with a mixture of melancholic and charismatic emotions. “Under a void sky, I’m laying myself down,” he proclaims in the emotionally explosive chorus. The beat itself is what some may call a classic deephouse sound. With all of the trademark elements Fritz is known for, it’s no surprise that this one was chosen as a single.
“Heart Of The City” spotlights Kalkbrenner’s strong vocals as the key focus, with low bass drums creating a unique edge to the song. Ways Over Water isn’t just dance track after dance track, it’s focused on various different production elements and that make Kalkbrenner stand out in the electronic music world. Yes, it’s not unusual for many producers and DJs to be influenced by genres non-related to electronic. It is unusual for these genres to be everything from hip-hop, rap, jazz, pop, gospel, soul, and postrock.
As a collective album, Ways Over Water delivers with its eclectic and memorable songs. Those who appreciate a great variety of genres will most likely enjoy this release. The majority of the songs are instrumental but the rare moments of vocals from the artist are expressions that need to be heard. The album is one that would be fun to dance along with, or merely listen to in a room alone. Regardless of the setting, absorbing it is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.