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Picturesque Ruins

by Black Henbane

Dark melodious folky pop-rock and ballads with a psychedelic touch
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Rock \'n\' Roll
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2. You Should Have Sung
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3. Another Disaster Waltz
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4. A Difficult Dance
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5. Welcome Back
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6. Hyperborea
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7. Nectar
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8. Peel Me an Orange
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9. Sultry Day
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10. Touch of Night
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11. Picking Apples
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12. Ithaca
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“Picturesque Ruins” is the debut album of German solo artist Black Henbane. It starts off with some rhythmical, pretty sarcastic songs that taste like strong coffee, hand-rolled cigarettes and whisky, whereas the second half will draw you into a more contemplative mood, with tropical fruit, abandoned beaches, sleeping meadows, starry nights, and a thunderstorm brooding over broken hearts and dreaming lovers.

The name Black Henbane refers to a plant which has been used by medieval witches for many purposes, because of its remarkable properties. It is not only beautiful to look at and very poisonous, but also said to have healing, aphrodizing and halluzinogenic effects - all qualities that also make up a good pop song. Black Henbane tries his best to live up to all of these promises.

His prolific creativity thrives on inspiration from five decades of rock, pop and folk history, modern and ancient poetry, and the strangeness of everyday life. Since Black Henbane feels influenced by nearly all of the music he has ever listened to, it is quite difficult to put a definite label on his sound.

Listeners have described it sometimes as magical, dark, and enigmatic, sometimes as cool and sexy, and sometimes as a good sound-track for a Californian sunrise. The imagery of his lyrics has been characterized once as “bleak yet lush”.

If you like catchy melodies, imaginative song writing, raunchy electric, dreamy acoustic, weeping slide and lazy bass guitars, rattling retro drums or exotic percussion, gurgling organs, bizarre psychedelic soundscapes, and an unmistakable voice oscillating somewhere between Leonard Cohen and Ray Davies, then Black Henbane is your man. If you have some taste in lo-fi charme, tinkling piano sounds, doleful mellotron strings and a svelte flute, even more so.

Let Black Henbane abduct you for a trip you won’t regret!


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Soundtrack for the early morning hours
This is the CD debut of Black Henbane, and after listening to it for the fourth or fifth time, I hope it won't take him too long to record the next one!
In its greatest moments, Black Henbane sounds like a mellow, cool version of early Nick Cave or the latest stuff by Leonard Cohen. His dark, relaxed and very pleasant voice and the sometimes exotic, sometimes spooky lo-fi music create a very unique atmosphere. Some tunes have distorted guitars and electronics, reminding a little of early four track-heroes like Lou Barlow & Sebadoh, others sound minimalistic and very hypnotic, a perfect soundtrack to spend the night waking and having a bottle of some tasty red wine.
Of course, you must be into that kind of music; the rhythm section is not quantized to the maximum, and you have to turn up the volume of your stereo quite a bit to get the full sound. But that makes the music very real and very lively in my eyes (or ears).
My personal favorites are Peel me an Orange & Sultry Day, but if you want to listen to the ultimate dark-indie-folk(whatever)-hit of the summer, just check out Hyperborea! I found my self sitting in the train with my iPod and humming along to that great chorus "Take me to Greenland or Alaska..."