Tempelhof is a locality a place in Berlin within the borough of Tempelhof-Schöneberg and the location of the former Tempelhof Airport. It is also the name of the Italy-based duo who release their sublimely titled debut album We Were Not There From The Beginning. We Won’t Be There For The End who regularly perform live soundtracks of black-and-white and early-modern cinema experiments.
The album is a rich tapestry of warm electronic music merged with a love of soundtrack and film scores that builds with each of its ten tracks taking the listener on a definite path.
Along the journey splintering echoes of Sigur Ros (Berlin and Alice) and New Order (Enjoy Neukölln) blend effortless with leftfield experimental electronic, analogue hiss and mechanical shifts and slices, while Song For Lily and the title track remind me of Factory Records Always Now debut album from Section 25.
Haunting occasional vocals used only as an extra instrument rather than a distractive focal point fuses perfectly with the music and is reminiscent of early Dead Can Dance.
As I sit quietly and again absorb this beautiful, warm album by Tempelhof while looking out at a miserable, cold, damp and wet winter day, I realise We Were Not There From The Beginning. We Won’t Be There For The End is a truly beautiful album that works for me on many levels. A truly great album with not a single filler.
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1) Ten Years After
2) Fatal Familiar Insomnia
5) Enjoy Neukölln
6) The Black Calypso
8) Song for Lily
10) We Were Not There From The Beginning. We Won’t Be There For The End.
Tempelhof – We Were Not There From The Beginning. We Won’t Be There For The End is released on Distraction Records on Monday 23rd November.