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Upitup_Records on 07/14/2015 at 09:14PM

Upitup welcomes Germanager: Smiles EP is out now

Germanager - Smiles - Out now on Upitup Records

Upitup Records ( reawakes again to release this hidden gem of an album by Liverpool based multimedia artist Germanager aka Alex Germains.

"Smiles" is Upitup's free release cat number UPFREE66 and it's bloody entertaining!

Germains easily switches mood, tempos, turns the song around and magically mantains the pop and folk musicality while turning music upside down. The quality of the sounds and the catchy melodies have some sort of post/kraut-rock cum library music feel to them but, be aware, Germanager can bring you anywhere at anytime, without any advice.


This stuff is fresh, and highly original, we can't wait to give you more of his music soon.


Here are the release's sleeves note written by Christopher Taylor:

Whilst procrastinating over starting to write these words I googled Germanager. There's only one picture of him on google images, so I clicked on it and saw it was from his one review to date. It was not a positive one, and led to a protracted online debate where it was suggested the reviewer had missed the point. but this wasn't so surprising, Germanager's music can be as challenging and befuddling as it can be tautly beautiful, symphonic.

So I clicked on the pic and I saw in the suggested images another one of Germanager, but it appeared upside down for some reason. When I clicked it turned out it was his profile picture from his LinkdIn page, still upside down. Now let me tell you that's classic Germanager. Taking an everyday process that the majority of us zombie our way through and gently subverting it. Although it's upside down, the photograph shows a man with a subtle smile with no trace of smugness. 

Yes he has a LinkdIn page. He has things to do. He gets out and about. But when he gets home he makes music. Sometimes for hours on end, sometimes a quick ten minutes before brekkie. That's just what he does. and all those everyday processes he plucks out whilst navigating round our modern life make their way into the music. gently dissected, digested and subverted. Being beautifully unsettled can be very soothing, especially in times such as these. 

It's great he's sharing it with you. 

by Christopher Taylor
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