Sea Of Dreams Steve Strauss

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  • 1Sea Of Dreams03:32
  • 2Freaky World05:08
  • 3Off The Wire04:52
  • 4Forever And A Day04:39
  • 5Acts Of War04:00
  • 6Radio Man03:16
  • 7For The Turnstiles03:20
  • 8Naked04:12
  • 9Last Day Out04:43
  • 10Monster05:18
  • 11Oh, I04:14
  • 12On The Moon05:52
  • 13The Memory Of Stones04:44
  • 14With Open Arms01:45
  • Total Runtime59:35

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The Return of the Songwriter-Hero: No need for a clock or a calendar; Steve Strauss ticks in much more expansive dimensions. Roughly 10 years after his success with “Just Like Love” the singer & composer now presents his new album: “Sea of Dreams”. Why did it take so long?

Because Steve Strauss lives in two worlds. Parallel to his passion for guitar and writing music this man from New York State is a social worker in his home town, or to put it in his words: „I am a man upon a road, It doesn’t have a name, In my pockets only dust, But in my heart a flame…“. This flame brought him back - with 14 new songs and arrangements - to the Stockfisch Records studio. In this new material you might discover traces of the Steve Strauss of “Just Like Love”, but the striking thing is a new more courageous style. The noble Duesenberg guitar dominates in many of the songs, and there is a new playfulness. The title of the album betrays his new consciousness: he dives into a sea of personal dreams - “Monster(s)” inhabit a “Freaky World” devastated by “Acts of War”.

Sounds like global criticism - which it is, but which is never hard or bitter. Lightness and humour are seminal elements in “Sea of Dreams”, carried by the drive, strong melodies and the Stockfisch-Studio-team mix. The resulting sonic effect is highly complex but most importantly it supports Steve Strauss’s ideas. Accordion- and saxophone solos encounter unusual accompanying instruments like e.g. the tuba.

This album displays perhaps the biggest and most diverse sound spectrum of Günter Pauler’s recent productions, from the expansive panorama-mix in “Monster” to the consciously sparse ballad “The Memory of Stones”, which is purely a piano accompaniment and a flute-solo in the distance. A pastoral. In these quiet moments the poetic strength of his lyrics becomes particularly evident. Steve Strauss is a master of his craft - telling a mini-story in each individual line. His voice has also matured: a more dark, powerful and emotional timbre. It is very moving to hear his tribute cover-versions of songs by two so completely different American songwriter heroes: “For The Turnstiles” by Neil Young and “With Open Arms” by Burt Bacharach. With the latter song he bids farewell to the listeners of his new album - an easy-listening experience, almost. It is much more a melancholy review of the whole album, but with an indefinable lightness, whistling a tune on the way..

Steve Strauss, vocals & guitar
Don Ross, guitars, dobro, lapsteel
Lutz Möller, piano
Wolfgang Beisert, ukulele
Manfred Leuchter, accordion
Martin Huch, pedal steel
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, fretless bass
Michael Kleinhans, tuba, whistling
Beo Brockhausen, tin-whistle, saxophones
Ralf Gustke, drums
Sven von Samson, drums
Grischka Zepf, electric bass

Steve Strauss
has been a singer/songwriter for more than twenty-five years. Powderhouse Road, Steve's first collection of songs, was released in 1998 after a serendipitous collision of events brought him to the attention of Germany's audiophile folk label Stockfisch Records. Steve followed up with Just Like Love in 2004, and then spent several years honing his electric guitar skills with jam band Monkeys Typing (still known to emerge every now and again for a show in their home town of Binghamton, NY). Steve's latest Stockfisch release Sea of Dreams showcases the union of his songwriting with his love of the electric guitar. Steve (aka "That Guy with the Gretsch") currently fattens up his folky oeuvre with his bluesy combo Strauss & Co.

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