Album artwork for Unguarded 1 - Piercing Touch

Unguarded 1 - Piercing Touch Various Artists

Release date: September 25, 2020
Cat No: UGD-001
Barcode: 4250101420641
Unguarded 1 - Piercing Touch is the debut release by Berlin based exploratory record label and art platform Unguarded, founded in 2020 by friends and collaborators Tim Roth and Philipp Hülsenbeck. Ranging from pastoral embraces of ambient, evocative electroacoustic ballads, hybrid vocal compositions, avant-pop songs to sinister digital synth manipulations and in-between, the compilation showcases a selection of tracks featuring a wide range of artists with ties to Berlins experimental electronic music scene. The music ebbs and flows with tension and release and carries a strong emotional tug, unveiling surreal, hard-hitting and morphing sonic works.

Amongst their own contributions, Hülsenbeck and Roth alias 1k Flower or Sin Maldita gathered a collection of genre-defying works by longtime collaborators Ella Zwietnig, Jungstötter, Johannes Weber and Modus Pitch as well as artists they bonded with in recent years such as Petra Hermanova, Arubu Avua, Laure Boer and M the latter three of which they met during their Amplify Berlin residencies. A connection that lets Unguarded 1 - Piercing Touch constantly escape from definition but through this diversity remains absorbing and compelling throughout.

The compilation’s artwork was grown, embroidered and given a final touch by Petra Hermanova, who also contributed her song ,Liquid Of The Eye’ featuring Hülsenbeck on pipe organ. Unguarded are currently preparing their second release, You’re Trouble by Tim Roths new experimental project Sin Maldita set to be released in late November 2020.

All proceeds earned from the compilation will be donated to Frauentreff OLGA (Notdienst Berlin e.V.), an organisation supporting women, trans*women and sex workers around Kurfürstenstrasse in the Berlin Tiergarten/Schöneberg area. (
Unguarded 1 - Piercing Touch ist das Debüt-Release des 2020 von Tim Roth und Philipp Hülsenbeck gegründeten Berliner experimental Labels und Kunstplattform Unguarded. Die Compilation vereint ein weites Spektrum an Stücken und überschreitet dabei gleich mehrere Genregrenzen. Elektroakustische Balladen, Avant-Pop Songs, hybride Vokalkompositionen und finstere Syntharrangements wiegeln sich gegeneinander auf, um den Hörer im gemeinsamen Sog davonzutragen.

Hülsenbeck (P.A. Hülsenbeck) und Roth (1k Flowers/Sin Maldita) stellen auf Piercing Touch neben der Sammlung an Werken von langjährigen musikalischen Begleiter*innen Ella Zwietnig, Jungstötter, Johannes Weber und Modus Pitch auch Musik von Petra Hermanova, Arubu Avua, Laure Boer und M vor, deren Verbindung durch die Künstlerresidenz AMPLIFY BERLIN entstanden ist. Eine Verbindung durch die Unguarded 1 - Piercing Touch es schafft sich konstant der genauen Benennung zu entziehen, und dennoch, durch eben diese Vielfalt, eindringlich und fesselnd zu bleiben.

Das Albumcover, herangezogen und verstrickt von Petra Hermanova, die außerdem auch das Autoharp-Stück Liquid Of The Eye mit Hülsenbeck an der Orgel liefert, vollendet das Projekt visuell. Unguarded bereiten derzeit ihre zweite Veröffentlichung "You're Trouble" von Tim Roths neuem Projekt "Sin Maldita" vor, das Ende November 2020 veröffentlicht werden soll.

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