Silence

by Hans Sølo

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This is an album I made after moving to Berlin, from 2008 to 2010, really trying to give my best. I learned a lot during the process, and I'm quite happy with the result. It also features lots of family and friends as guest musicians.

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released July 13, 2012

Silence was produced by Hans Sølo.
Tracks 1-4 & 6-8 were produced with support of Simon-Claudius Wystrach.
All songs and arrangements by Hans Sølo.

Most parts were recorded by Simon-Claudius Wystrach at Funkmaster’s Coffeehouse Studios in Fischerbichl and some at Hans’ parents’ house in Füssen.
Ulrich Weber recorded himself at his Ölofen Studio in Lechbruck.
Julian Wurm recorded himself in his room in Lichtenberg, Berlin.
The remaining parts were recorded by Hans in his room in Neukölln, Berlin.

Recordings took place episodically between December 2008 and August 2010.
Strings, played by IG Streichmetall, were added in January 2012.

Tracks 1-4 & 6-8 were engineered and mixed by Simon-Claudius Wystrach.
Tracks 5 & 9 were engineered and mixed by Hans.

Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände, Schönhauser Allee
and Havelwiesen photos by Max Sawatzki.
Salar de Uyuni photos by Julia Keller.

Booklet layout and drawings by Hans.
Packaging design by Katharina Gnendinger and Hans.

Ein herzliches Dankeschön an alle, die mir ihre Talente
oder ihr Equipment geliehen haben.

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Hans Sølo Berlin, Germany

Hans Sølo is a songwriter/composer based in Berlin. He tells stories through music. Live he is often accompanied by string quartet "Streichmetall".

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Track Name: Shades of the City
A look to the right and you‘re not here
Reoccurring thoughts when you‘re not here
Time and space expand when you‘re not here
Delusions never end when you‘re not here
Retrieving memories leads nowhere
A world left to explore, I don‘t care
When you‘re not there
Impressions and experience in vain
Ultimately silence remains
Colours and shades
Lights on the city
The night is alive but you‘re not there
Music is playing, moving the dancers
An appeal to all the senses but you‘re not there
You‘re not there
Track Name: 1615
This is a journey to match confused memories and old photographs to the voice from long distance calls in anticipation for love. This is a journey to leave all expectations and fears of misconception in anticipation for love.


Moving from wilderness into familiar terrain.
On franconian ridges, on this tilting train.


In a state of the art vessel, where I fail to fall asleep, while parents cry to keep their offspring silent in their seats. And quietly the air-conditioning’s successful in its task. Determinedly conjuring an early winter upon us. “Ladies and Gentleman I owe you an apology: Due to malfunctional management and failing tilt technology, we’ll have approximately 90 minutes of delay. And we’ll take the out of date tracks over the hills and far away.”

Now I’m seasick on a train as it sways on the tracks heading home. With Sun Kil Moon on in ear headphones, resting my eyes on the sleepers passing by.

In a station next to nowhere, there was a suicidal guy. He put an end to his life and all the traffic on this line. And just like last time when the engines broke, the porters are handing out free black humour and coke.

Now I’m seasick on a train as it sways on the tracks heading home. With Sun Kil Moon on in ear headphones, resting my eyes on the sleepers passing by.

Made it to Munich and it suddenly is crowded, oh dear. Don’t tell me it’s that time of the year. There’s a sweaty smell in here and the air is getting thicker. It’s the Beerfest, everyone welcome to Bavaria! Now I’m alone with a hundred drunks that smoke cigarettes and dance, singing old Bavarian folk songs of wisdom and love.
Mark Kozelek, take me away...

Now I’m seasick on a train as it sways on the tracks heading home.
With Sun Kil Moon on in ear headphones, fading out reality and passing through time.

Moving from wilderness into familiar terrain.
On franconian ridges, on this tilting train.
Track Name: Sleep
Well, fate’s been absent and left all directions open, thinking we’d be glad.
But all the ways sound promising, when pressure’s only distant.
But this uncertain future is certainly coming.
Please let me sleep, I’d rather have answers.

At night not sleeping, not awake, the same thoughts return to haunt,
deliriously mixing up with other dreams, forming a nightmare of worries.
Repeating themselves endlessly.
Please let me sleep. Vanish and free me.

And all the music in my head’s still waiting for a way to be heard.
But after listening through sleepless nights these melodies seem way too familiar,
as if unconsciously stolen.
Please let me sleep. Dissolve into silence.