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Mr. Waldeck proudly presents Grand Casino Hotel, his 6th studio album and by far his most cineastic.
Over the last decade or so Waldeck has often taken an inspirational foray into a certain musical genre or epoque, the essence of which he took as blueprint for his own musical ventures: Let´s think of his „Ballroom Stories“ (2007), considered to be one of the most influential albums of Electro Swing, „Gran Paradiso“ (2016), his homage to spaghetti western and Italian canzone or lately „Atlantic Ballroom“ (2018) featuring jazz-flavoured crime fiction sounds of the late 1960ies.
This time around Mr. Waldeck enters the realm of American road movies - in all its different shades and colors. A genre in which the journey is the reward and the reward is freedom.
Listening to Grand Casino Hotel you will immediately find yourself drawn into images of dire desert landscapes, where cheap motels with defunct pools and endless highways outline the scenery. A decrepit casino building adjacent to our motel catches the eyes. One of the employees looks like a grumpy twin brother of Waldeck. Musical film d´auteur!
Klaus Waldeck: Grand Casino Hotel is not just a „widescreen cinemascope sound track“, it is a metaphor for the traveller, who - in search for a fast and lucky strike - fails to arrive at his place of longing.
Twang guitar riffs and pulsating bass lines along with clerverly knit electronic fabrics add to the special appeal of the albums „road movie credibility“. Connotations of the Beat Generation´s urgency can be detected: 12 tracks about deserted drive-ins, trailer parks, hapless strangers. Brooklyn´s Bedford-Stuyvesant enters the scene. At one point we find ourselves crossing David Lynch’s Lost Highway.
As has been the case with his previous albums, Waldeck is accompanied on his road trip by his trusted long term companions, namely the singers: Patrizia Ferrara (A, Italy)), Zeebee (A) und Joy Malcolm (UK); as well as British singer Carl Avory (UK). Recently, Waldeck’s work was featured in movie and TV productions (among others, an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and spots for Versace and Ferrero). Waldeck’s music has been streamed over 100 million times.
“Grand Casino Hotel” is breaking new ground in a musical genre Waldeck has helped define. Its frontier-spirited passion for freedom and independence offers a welcome respite from these quarantined times.
Klaus Waldeck, *1966, lives in Vienna, Austria
Fragments of a Zoom discussion with Waldeck on “Grand Casino Hotel”
“Hey, can’t hear you. Is your mike on?”… “No. I think that was Miles Davis. Are you using a filter on your camera?” … “It is too simple to relate this childhood memories. I was educated to be lawyer, but I’m still taking piano lessons.” … “I toured New York State in 2002 but we covered most ground in the dark.” … “Cars are great. I love cars. My first was a VW Beetle. I even bought an old Alfa Romeo to shoot the video for my last but one release, Gran Paradiso. My mechanic loves it, too.” ….”I think I lost the connection. Hello?” “Bloody internet..”