||Village of Savoonga
Village of Savoonga-- named
after an Eskimo village the trio read about in a magazine way back in the
good old days otherwise known as February 1991-- are Markus Acher, Christoph
Merk and Wolfgang Petters. The threesome is augmented by a regular/revolving
cast of friends and family, including Micha Acher, Christoph Brandner and
Initial goals centered on Markus and Christoph's desire to record "some noise." Since Wolfgang had
the four-track (now upgraded to eight-track) and would cook for the other
two, he was asked to join. The first, self-titled Village of Savoonga LP
was released in October 1992 (soon to be reissued on CD for the first time,
via Communion). Four years later (that's 1996), their second LP/CD, Philipp
Schatz, was issued via Haumusik/Communion. The purpose of the bio is to
herald the third Village of Savoonga release, Score, also jointly released
via Hausmusik/Kollaps and the Communion label.
As evolution would have it, the VoS writing style matured over the long course of the first two albums.
Each of the three members would compose on their own, meeting to arrange
and record the "experiments."
If they liked what they had recorded, the "erase" button was no longer an option and careful layering
and construction ensued. As VoS became interested in composing soundtrack
scores (Philipp Schatz has two: "Philipp Schatz" and "Nosferatu"), tracks
began to be based on rhythms or noises, mostly "natural sounds." These
natural sounds would be "alienated" by electronics with loops and musical
tracks layered on top. Score is more in this vein, with the band further
layering tracks recorded and worked on over the past two years in order
to meld the six tracks together into two sides or "suites."
All three band members spend time in a large and dizzying amount of other bands, all based in wonderful
Bavaria (Southern Germany). Markus Acher is the unofficial musical director
of the group, though both Christoph and Wolfgang compose as well. VoS is
quick to note that its sound is different, in a special way, from Acher's
other bands (most notably Notwist). On occasion his influence remains unfelt
until the mixing process, where a VoS song may change radically from its
Wolfgang proclaims Score to be Village of Savoonga's "krautrock" record-- a tag Communion would
be unable to dispute.