by hook+loop

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beside her she watches her mouth and her brow from the crown an electrical shiver comes down herself she's a mountain unscaled by the town now the tear runs down and she frowns like a god you don't believe in anymore like the good friend you lose but it's just a thought, it's just a thought why do you cry the language she speaks is it real understood for always they've lived in the near neighborhood but dwelt those two on the same star if they would could the stage of her life change for good like the god you don't believe in anymore like the good friend you lose but it's just a thought, it's just a thought why don't you cry come in my mind no words to find come in my head or my heart instead like a god you don't believe in anymore like the good friend you lose it's not just a thought, not just a thought come say goodbye
when you lay your head down your face on the floor trying to find out if you feel something more you want more but there's nothing in your soul nothing in your heart nothing in your mind there's nothing you're gonna find you want more but there were all these things that happened before you want more run faster, faster, faster you don't believe in a life after death death is in your past there's no reason for breath you don't need the warmth, the air, the sun all you can do is run help me help me help me i'm gonna leave my body
running 02:39
i don't eat anymore 13 14 everything you tell me i have known before i'm chewing my lip 13 15 still i was right sad and right and empty my feet are getting cold but i don't move time to stop running away it's getting dark around me i stay here time to stop running time to stop running
we're  living in this fragile world and sometimes i forget that if i fall down i might break through the glass floor and spilling down is mercury in uniform velocity we might not break, we might forget it might be like we never met who knows who knows 
we don’t know how to stay together we don’t know how to keep it alive we don’t know what’s going to come we fear to know that it’s all gone
hej what are you going to do you can only sharpen your mind or your knives will you go on lying here and fuck with your brain for the rest of your life has this been a scream, has this been a voice or are you paranoid no sleep you can't get no sleep can't get no sleep cause you're scared and you're lonely and tired of this night is this a fly dying in the light or is it someone lurking outside your eyes are wide in spite of the night you're going to sharpen your knives no sleep I can't get no sleep can't get no sleep cause I'm damned and I'm crazy and tired of this life no sleep I can't get no sleep can't get no sleep is it only tonight no sleep i can't get no sleep can't get no sleep can you reach for the light can you make it all go quiet
freedom's a lightning that stroke far away the thunder i heard was a murmur that came from your mouth but oh bliss how i love to forget what sits fearfully down in my heart this kiss fits on my head in a fever this kiss fits on my skin in the dark but the fever keeps making me weaker and the darkness holds monsters apart moving away from you i'm moving away from you there's a freedom i never thought i would love in moving away
hands 02:55
i need more words to tell you i need a whole new language i need expressions that I've never heard i need to tell you i speak with my hands so you can feel what I mean
charlie 03:32
mr bukowski won’t you take me with you my world is full of flowers and kitsch i’d have to turn my insides out to show my attitude to- wards that shit if you don’t let me be your bitch charlie once again put a gun to my head and later you can buy me a drink there’s a rest of whisky up in the shelf by the sink and i will say exactly what you think and the telegraphing bones and the sitting stones they have names for us that finally fit let the kids learn their lesson and the old cry out in fear nimm mich mit nimm mich mit nimm mich mit there’s a glistening in your eye as we look up at the sky we’re numb to all the cold and the stink charles bukowski that’s how i’ll go down with you and i will say exactly what you think
when i was young i met my first love he was great, green and sometimes he gossiped but i loved him tonight i know i needed him i've forgotten his way of being but he left me and i lost him i don't know his gender i don't know his sex and his look but i know his sound and it turns me on he was musician no, he was music, voice, instrumental but he is dead i've killed him music is gone
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the cage is open but don't fly out you'll miss your friends here you'll miss your house the ones that bother you will follow anywhere and nothing's ever gonna change your soul or hair paint a picture don't take a photograph write a poem 'bout what's never gonna be focus on sleeping forget the unknown path your dreams are purer than reality the cage is open the cage is open the cage is open but don't fly out the cage is open the cage is open the cage is open will you fly out
giving up 04:47
give me up give me away let me go let my heart go i get sick of life please let me high into the sky falling is the best way to die
half-hearted 04:43
one-eyed, half-hearted among the blind
inside 02:56
i would save you if i could hold you in my arms dry your tears light up your mood show you're not alone if you just could tell me how you say it's far to late you said this pain made you strong but there's no second chance


2014, hook+loop add to the musical landscape with their very own mix of pop, rock, jazz and new music, all the while challenging genre boundaries and breaking conventions. The instruments violin, cello, piano and drums as well as three female and one male voice run like a red thread through this exceptionally diverse musical mix and blend in with each other despite their independence. In addition, contrabass, trombone and experimental percussions, such as a typewriter and the beating of a plastic bottle against violin strings, are complementing those sounds. hook+loop open up pop music, create something new and invite their audience to stray while never leaving common ground.


released September 26, 2014

All songs written and performed by hook+loop.
Julia Koll: vocals, violin, viola
Marlene Redtenbacher: drums, vocals, percussion
Marika Waidhofer: piano, vocals
Thomas Wolf: cello, vocals.

Judith Ferstl: double bass
Franz Graser: trombone.

Recorded 2013 by Ronald Dangl. Edited 2014 by Andreas Leyerer and Lukas Schanda. Mixed and mastered 2014 by Harald Pairits. Published 2014 by paper soup records.

Artwork by Marlene Redtenbacher.


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hook+loop Vienna, Austria

Since cellist Thomas Wolf and violinist Julia Koll left their classical home and together with pianist Marika Waidhofer and drummer Marlene Redtenbacher set off to discover new musical territory, they move from pop and rock to classic, jazz and new music, singing “You want more, run faster, faster, faster” and leaving no doubt that they are not yet done experimenting. ... more

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