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Georg Tkalec -however that is pronounced- is a composer and performer of music and stories. He dwells in Klagenfurt, Austria, has recently switched from playing the lute to playing guitar and sings with a voice of his own.
Surfaced 1986, tkalec already has quite a variety of tries and errors under his belt: starting to write songs at the age of 6, he quickly and easily moved through genres and styles over the years with the naturality only inherent to genius and/or madman: be it as lead-bass player and shouter alongside a sole djembe in his first death metal duo (fact.), walking up and down the fretboard with various jazz formations, locked up in his chambers endlessly staring into Cubase writing and producing for American/Austrian electronic pop act Tin Man Falls, writing down the notes for his very dramatic opera ‘Balmung‘, or jumping up and down the stage under the fake ID of Djordje Panslavistic with the balkan style punk band Roy de Roy. Time however has made it clear for him that there is only so much one can do, and so rather than try and imitate others, tkalec now ventures to explore the music in his own mind only.
His influences are of a wide variety, they start with psychedelic rock, take a strange turn at contemporary drum n bass artists like Noisia, Phace and Misanthrop, range back to Bartók and Mahler, highlight Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin (to be quite frank here), include Miles Davis, James Brown and Ravi Shankar, expand through literature and poetry with a focus on classics, science fiction and an occasional outburst of mysticism (looking at you, Rumi), and don’t stop there. So yea retty much everything that's cool upon this earth, so be aware, they could include you.
tkalec’ lyrics tend to tell stories or reflect on existential themes and personal stories in an sometimes black-humourous and critical way, hence forming a bouquet of meaning and death, mythology and absurdity, criticism and comedy – spiced with questions and mostly dry of answers, as life tends to be.
'The unpronounceable master of the post-modern Renaissance lute tkalec returns after his full-on debut album Stowaway with another five pieces settled somewhere between folk-rock frenzy and pop poetry.
Energy-laden and resonating with a critical undertone, the Gentleman Robot EP even more than its predecessor addresses issues and discomfitures of the modern world in tkalec’ typical and unparalleled style that always staggers between socio-political satire and fable, and whilst his songs draw especially the live audience in with their trippy and adventurous nature, we hope this 20-minute ride with the magical catalogue number 007 will also delight you through speakers.' - Alternate Audio Press Release