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Souvenir Season / duo from cologne, germany / pop / female vocals / / Sarah Wohlfahrt (vocals, lyrics) / Birger Nießen (music)
Live: Salih G. (Bass)
All songs recorded at stereotunes_bergisch gladbach, cologne, germany by Birger Nießen
Cologne, Germany-based indie pop duo Souvenir Season was formed in December 2013 by vocalist Sarah Wohlfahrt and composer Birger Nießen, crafting orchestra-driven, melancholy sounds that blend with electronic and acoustic elements, choirs and clear vocals alike. Within exactly a year they produced their debut album and released ‘Into the Black’ through the record label 38db(A) in December 2014.
Previous to the formation of Souvenir Season, Sarah and Birger shortly collaborated in a studio project in 2008. After its breakup both followed their own careers in different genres such as Jazz and Singer/Songwriter for a few years before they would meet again for a little studio session in mid-November 2013. Only a week later, on 1 December 2013, they released a demo recording of Parachute, which should hit a couple of hundred plays on Soundcloud within just a few hours. Amazed and fueled by the positive feedback, Sarah and Birger recorded more demos at Stereotunes Studios and released three more of them each following Sunday before Christmas, clearly on the way to a full-length album now. Five months and a hell lot of cake, laughter, a few great interviews, airs on a local radio station, and smooth work in the studio later the recordings to the album were completed.
With the ambition to play the music live, Sarah and Birger searched for musicians to support them on stage and found Salih Gülhan on bass and Jan Jaing on drums, both splendid on their instruments and as persons.
Parallel to rehearsing during the summer weeks and a first trial show at Live Club Barmen, Wuppertal, in September 2014, Souvenir Season launched a two-months crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo to raise money for the rest of the album’s production.
When on the one hand it felt a little like begging people to pre-order a pig in a poke, it was humbling to see people donate money, pre-order and leave Sarah and Birger in awe for their kind and supporting words on the other.
The debut album ‘Into the Black’, named after a line taken from the song ‘The black of you’, was then given into the hands of mastering engineer Andre Beatmunks for the mastering and Marcel Kamps took the band’s pictures and designed the artwork.
Within exactly a year Souvenir Season produced their debut album and released ‘Into the Black’ through the record label 38db(A) in December 2014.