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Get Well Soon - Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon!

Get Well Soon, Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon!

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

GET Well Soon – aka 25-year-old Berlin-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and Philosophy student Konstantin Gropper – is certainly an odd one, but curiously talented too!

His striking debut album Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon! is an adventurous blend of music and sound from all over the world that incorporates folk and electro, classical and European brass, as well as Morricone and tango.

On its release in Germany, the album entered the official German Top 30 and received great critical applause, with comparisons to Sigur Ros, Bright Eyes, Tom Waits, Beirut, and Nick Cave. Rolling Stone, meanwhile, raved, describing it as “an impressively superior debut – the arrangements are indeed breathtaking”.

Certainly, whether you like it not, you can’t help but admire the audacity of songs like You/Aurora/You/Seaside or If This Hat Is Missing I Have Gone Hunting, which unfold on a warped, epic scale.

You/Aurora/You/Seaside is an almighty composition, beginning with a classical intro before coming impressively to life with some folk, electro, Morricone style nods, handclap beats and Eastern European brass-inspired stomp. It’s quite unlike anything else you’re likely to hear and all the richer for it.

But fears that it might be the exceptional highlight prove unfounded as Konstantin quite often triumphs in his audacity and, with the help of a six-piece band that includes his sister on backing vocals and violin and his cousin Sebastian on backing vocals and trumpet, creates several more classics.

People Front Magazine Cover, for instance, is a sweeping effort that’s vocally similar to Radiohead and as layered as a classic James or Elbow track, while If This Hat Is Missing I Have Gone Hunting adds some foreboding rock and some innocent backing vocals that serve as a nice juxtaposition.

The brother and sister vocal harmonising on the tender Help To Prevent Forest Fires also works well, as does the Eastern European influence on Your Endless Dream, during which Konstantin’s vocals plunge to new depths and come over all Nick Cave.

There’s a dreamy mysticism surrounding the otherworldly Witches! Witches! Rest Now In The Fire which, again, works in striking contrast to the darker elements of the lyrics, and a kooky charm on the folksy Ticktack! Goes My Automatic Heart.

While the brass makes a welcome return on final track Coda and helps to bring the album to a satisfying end.

There are odd moments that really don’t work, or take a little too young to get used to, such as his cover version of Underworld’s Born Slippy, or the slow-burning and melancholy I Sold My Hands For Food So Please Feed Me.

But, in the main, Konstantin’s achievements far outweigh the disappointments to produce an album that’s genuinely different and really worth seeking out.

Download picks: You/Aurora/You/Seaside, If This Hat Is Missing I Have Gone Hunting, People Magazine Front Cover, Witches! Witches! Rest Now In The Fire, Ticktack! Goes My Automatic Heart

Track listing:

  1. Prelude
  2. You/Aurora/You/Seaside
  3. Christmas In Adventure Parks
  4. People Magazine Front Cover
  5. If This Hat Is Missing I Have Gone Hunting
  6. Help To Prevent Forest Fires
  7. I Sold My Hands For Food So Please Feed Me
  8. We Are Safe Inside While They Burn Our House
  9. Born Slippy (Nuxx)
  10. Your Endless Dream
  11. Witches Witches Rest Now In The Fire
  12. Tick Tack Goes My Automatic Heart
  13. Lost In The Mountains (Of The Heart)
  14. Coda