For Spider Smile, Tarwater have delivered more astonishing pop songs – as already indicated by their debut The Needle Was Traveling (2005) on Morr Music. They, the electro duo, each of them with roots in East-Berlin's sub culture and avant-garde, their songs being full of allusions and references which encourage the listener to link his/her own stories with the ones by Tarwater. For instance, the sun that rises and sets again and again in "Arkestra" shines for everyone at another place. And the song "Shirley Temple" that marks the beginning, a clouded electro-overture. The recording studio is still Bernd Jestram's and Ronald Lippok's favourite instrument. It changes in Tarwater's "Witch Park" into a dark dub-landscape with marchy woods and alligators. Guitars send several songs on their way – like the all pushing "World of Things to Touch." Violins are plucked distinctly in other songs and moods, an oboe spreads melancholy patina ("Roderick Usher"). Later, there is the playing with repetition and modification, song- and soundwriting from the spirit of modulation – a central motif within the music of Tarwater ("When Love Was the Law in Los Angeles"). The album's only cover version, "Sweet Home Under White Clouds" (by Virgin Prunes) that makes its way through an echochamber. "Home is where the heart is," a line like an incantation at the same time pretty much sums up the entire album.
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