„It’s not that we didn’t enjoy every second. Everything that we hoped for appeared, but it changed our ways“ - Summer
After the release of their EP in spring 2011, the German-Austrian trio presents two previously released and eight new songs on their debut long-player „Kites“.
The beginning of diver It’s a hot summer day on a roof top of a condemned house in Central Berlin, when Stephan Ebert and Wolfgang Bruckner meet to start working on some fresh musical ideas. With Berlin’s television tower in sight, first demos are recorded and sent to Vienna and Munich. Their first addressee is their friend Olaf Schuberth, who widens their arrangements and adds new material for their project, already going by the name “diver”. After the trios first reunion it’s official: diver is born.
diver – Kites Going along with the principle that boundless possibilities are allowed in the studio, Diver developed an unobtrusive but surprisingly complex sound on their debut album "Kites". The wide range of instruments used is responsible for the direction and variety of certain tracks: acoustic guitars, piano, drums, bass, but also stompbox, strings, percussion and bassoon. Diver's affinity to fractured sounds can be heard in the arrangements within individual songs, such as in "Fear", where a tremendously powerful, almost violent piano scale pulls the track apart, before the band's infatuation with harmonies triumphs, however not without fear. Revolving around the search for a lost feeling, "No Release" also has a shattered emotion at its core. The musical dramaturgy of the song leads, inexorably, towards the hopeful wish of wiping out every mistake. But such redemption („No release out of unspoken commitments - as long as all the beauty hides the truth“) doesn't exist - at least not on a lyrical level. An unhoped-for, nascent driving rhythm also embraces "London" or "Summer" in an arc whose tension is unbearable. Even oppressingly reduced tracks like Care seethe here and there, not allowing themselves to be defined by the listener's expectations. Like a thread, melancholy stitches every element of "Kites" together, but even in this case, rupture is welcome and pleasantly refreshing. And so at the end of the day irony gets the upper hand against the poisonous romantics; until the final refrain closes the loop and forces one into a mandatory, renewed listen of the album.
Tracklist "Kites" 1. Illusions 2. Summer 3. London 4. Comfort 5. Care 6. Fear 7. Bones 8. Red Colour 9. No Release 10. 1,2, Much