Review of World through my Eyes.
The album starts with some Eastern sounds, just like "Trying to kiss the Sun" starts,
and then the bass and drums kicks in... and the mood change... A bit of
Porcupine Tree and it reminds to the Dutch rhythm section of Snowy White; Walter
Latupelirissa & Juan van Emmerloot, but again the excellent Floydian guitar playing has a
role in that train of thoughts too. When the Indian choir does come in, it gets something like an
enchanting mantra. That all together with the explosions of the rhythmn section and the strong lyrics it
creates a very powerful effect.
Nick: The album breathes out an conceptual story about our World. What is the main idea behind it?
Yogi: In the beginning of 2004, we discussed a lot about a thing that I had on my mind for quite some time: the loss of spirituality. Thinking about that all you see is a mirror of what you are, the most important thing is your spiritual and mental beeing. The world is multicoloured if your self is able to see this colours. The album deals about this thoughts and the danger that is obviously there in our modern time that is defined by a causual reality. Through my eyes people lost control over the most dangerous thing in the world: the money. Money replaced our religion, money replaced our ability to act and think natural. Money seems to be the reason for everything we do; itīs even responsible for having wars. Unfortunately there is no alternative, money makes the world go around... But if you really open your eyes, you see a world in all its grace. Itīs a great gift to be alive and I donīt think that our higher reason for living is to earn money! And when you look at the way we go: Itīs a shame that up to the 21st century we learned to destroy a world that we still cannot feed.
Nick: Is the story very important for you?
Yogi: Yes! So many people seem to be mislead by a corporate society. If you look for example at music: music has had a long spiritual history in many cultures before it was abused by a corporate society. Some people obviously rediscovered the fact that music can be more than background noise in elevators or a ringtone on your newest cellphone. It has the ability to give you mental support for your spirit and soul. I see the renaissance of Progressive Rock as a contra movement to the MTV-generation. Music is more than having fancy cars and perfectly shaped bodies flashing on your tv-screen.
Nick: What is you conection with Mantra's and other religions?
Yogi: Iīm very interrested in other views of our world, the differences of values, morals etc. I still believe that our own special way of beeing spiritual and religious is very individual. We have to find our individual connection to a world behind the causual reality.
Nick: When you wrote "Start the Fire" had you the song "Across The Universe" from the Beatles in your mind? (Om Jai, Deva). Are you influenced by them? Other bands that come in your mind, the Beach Boys for example?
Yogi: We only make the music we
truely believe in. Nevertheless I think that musicians are usually influenced by the music
they grew up with. When I listen to The Beatles with Sgt. Pepper and the Beach Boys with
Pet Sounds they still havenīt lost their magic up to know...
But when you record an album your emotions are wide opened and you try to let it out, whatever it will be! There is no room for thoughts about beeing influenced...
Nick: Did you met Ray Wilson at a Genesis gig, or at his solo tour? Did he knew you, or RPWL?
Yogi: I met him at his solo tour. He said he heard about us... hahaha
Nick: Why did you wanted him for "Roses"?
Yogi: Ray was able to add this feeling of lonelyness to the track that I couldnīt. The song deals about reaching a new state of mind, everything seems to be new and you start to see a new world through your eyes After this experience you come back to your hometown feeling out of touch with the current reality of life. Ray was able to capture all of this. Working with him was a great experience.
Nick: Any plans for a single release, "Roses" could get some airplay I guess?
Yogi: That could be the next step. Trying to reach more people and let them have a look through our eyes would be a great thing....
Nick: Who are the 3 Lights in your life?
Yogi: 3lights was the first song we did! Chris Postl came up with this nice chords on the acoustic guitar. The song is about a feeling I had when trying to run away as a kid one day. I was about 16years old and instead of going to school I justwalked around the city till I ended up at the train station and took a train to my grandmother! The first thing you see when the train arrives are the three lights in the distance coming closer. So during the recording sessions, when I took the last train home after a long day of work, the feeling came again. But this time the train came and picked me up to take me home. Itīs still a strong feeling when your standing on the platform, seeing all these people, going home... going away... We tried to record the song as it was a travel through the emotions I had.. For me itīs an amazing song that still touches me....
I know what you mean with those three lights and it was my intention when I wrote the
lyrics that there are many ways of interpretations.. Three is a magical number, light is
something you need for living and in that story it is more than that: it is the final
goal, the enlightment that we were waiting for....
But basically, I had all this thoughts when this train was coming and I saw the three lights coming nearer...
The spiritual truth of the three lights taking you closer to the heart of whatever lifeīs about is in your individual world that you see through your eyes!
Nick: Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy wrote "Sea Nature", why did you choose that song to cover?
Yogi: I felt that we could add a
certain RPWL feeling to the song.
It can be really interresting to cover songs. Most of the bands are trying to copy a song; a thing that I donīt like.... We wanted to give the song new clothes and leave the body as it was! I think itīs a nice version...
Nick: Do you regular visit
concerts? What was your last one?
And what was the one you always remember?
Yogi: The last concert was Ray Wilson
on his "Next Best Thing" tour.
Iīll always remember the "David Gilmour" concert 1984 at his "About Face" tour. I think it was around the same time I saw Yes with their "90125" tour. Wow.....
Nick: Is there anything else you want to say?
Yogi: I hope that all the listeners enjoy the world through our eyes! Thanks to our fans that stood with us over the years!
This is an absolutely fine rockin' Proggy album, with psychedelic Beatlesque spheres and
Floydian soundscapes. The sound quality is superb! I knew already that these guys are
seeking the perfect way to record albums, this one is proving that again. I really want
to know how this on sacd player sounds... think I need an ambulance in the neighborhood.
The Players are:
Karlheinz Wallner : guitars
Phil Paul Rissettio : drums
Stephan Ebner : bass
Ray Wilson : guestvocals on "Roses"
Vipo Maat : guitars
Christl Postl : bass
Asif Ali : sarangi
Rlaf Metzler : piano
Benedikt Just : sound design
Mark Anderton : choir
Karan, Yashasvi, Arunesh, Pramod, Akram, Saurabh, Seher, Shaslhi, Kamlesh and Shardama : Indian choir.
Tracklist, soundsamples and lyrics:
|02.||Start The Fire 5:06||[lyrics]|
|03.||Everything Was Not Enough 8:42||[lyrics]|
|04.||Roses 5:39 (feat. Ray Wilson)||[lyrics]|
|05.||3 Lights 7:30||[lyrics]|
|06.||Sea-Nature 8:10 (by Steve Hillage)||[lyrics]|
|07.||Day On My Pillow 4:22||[lyrics]|
|08.||World Through My Eyes 10:04||[lyrics]|
|09.||Wasted Land 4:52||[lyrics]|
|10.||Bound To Reach The End 6:39||[lyrics]|
|11.||New Stars Are Born
(bonus track - SACD only!)
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See my link-page.
You started to play an instrument at the age of:
AT THE AGE OF 10.
Did you had any lesson?
YES, IN CHURCH. IT WAS A WONDERFUL SOUND WITH THE CHURCH-ORGAN...
Did you had a "hero" as teenager?
OH, YES. WHEN I STARTED PLAYING KEYBOARDS MY GREATEST HERO WAS THE MANNFRED MANN AND HIS EARTH BAND. I STILL HEAR HIS MUSIC UP TO NOW... MUCH LATER, I THINK WITH 14 OR SO, I STARTED TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE MUSIC AND PRODUCTION. SO I LISTENED MORE TO PINK FLOYD, YES, GENESIS ETC.
Other musical projects:
IF I ONLY HAD THE TIME... ;-)
DEPENDS ON THE MOOD I HAVE... AT THE MOMENT "REVOLVER" OF THE BEATLES
Best album(s) you bought or heard in 2002/2003:
A ALBUM THAT REALLY KICKS, THAT WOULD BE GREAT, BUT I STILL HAVEN`T FOUND...
Best album ever:
ONLY FOR ME: "ANIMALS" (PINK FLOYD), BUT FOR POP MUSIC I THINK: "PET SOUNDS" (BEACH BOYS) AND FOR PRODUCERS "THE DARKSIDE OF THE MOON" (PINK FLOYD)
Best live act:
AT THE MOMENT: BJÖRK
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
THIS IS GERMAN, BUT MAYBE YOU CAN TRANSLATE IT: ES GIBT KEIN RICHTIGES LEBEN IM FALSCHEN. (ADORNO)
Your life besides music:
(Girl-) friend, kids, pets:
ONE, TWO, NONE
Why do you love her/ him so much, what's so special about her /him: THAT IS THE THING WHY I STARTED OFF MAKING MUSIC! BECAUSE ITīS MORE EASY TO PLAY THINGS THAN TO SAY OR WRITE THINGS... BUT MAYBE YOU LISTEN TO "SIDE BY SIDE" ON "TRYING TO KISS THE SUN" AND YOU KNOW MORE OF HER... ;-)
THAT MONEY HAS BECOME A RELIGION
What would you wish for the future:
THAT PEOPLE BECOME A LITTLE BIT MORE EDUCATED, THAN A LOT OF PROBLEMS WOULD BE SOLVED AT ONE TIME...
You must go to a concert/ gig what would you choose:
Prince or Michael Jackson,
Roger Waters or David Gilmour,
Genesis with Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett or Peter Gabriel solo,
Woodstock ('69) or Live Aid ('84),
Frank Zappa or The Beach Boys,
WOW, THE BEACH BOYS PERFORMING THE PET SOUNDS ALBUM! THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!!
Jon Bon Jovi or Transatlantic,
Night of the Proms or Bob Dylan,
Jimmy Hendrixs or The Doors,
David Gilmour acoustic or Pink Floyd,
Yes (with Wakeman) or Pink Floyd (with Roger Waters),
Pink Floyd or Pink Floyd incognito playing the blues,
HAHAHA, FLOYD AND THE BLUES, YES, THAT IN FACT WOULD BE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL...
Mostly Autumn or Porcupine Tree,
Ritchie Blackmore solo or Deep Purple,
Paul Mccartney or the Who,
The Beatles or the Stones (in the 60-ies),
RPWL in a sold out Verviers (350 visitors) or RPWL as the very first gig of Roskilde 2003.
HAHAHAHAHA, RPWL IN ROSKILDE? WHY NOT....WOULD BE SO FINE... ;-) BUT IN FACT EVERY CONCERT IN VERVIERS HAS BEEN VERY SPECIAL FOR US! WE DID ONE OF OUR FIRST GIGS IN VERVIERS AND SO IT WILL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL FOR US TO PLAY THERE! (THANX A LOT TO WONDERFUL FRANCIS GERON!!)