Quote: Philipp Holstein
"You can't overestimate the influence of this guy. Maybe it's even the case that we have Conny Plank to thank if there's a German national culture in pop music at all. German musicians and bands in the 1950s and 60s were mostly oriented towards American and English models. It wasn't until the late '60s that a sound of their own emerged, and Conny Plank sat at the mixing desk for the most important records. He produced Kraftwerk, Neu! and Harmonia, he helped the Scorpions, DAF and Ideal. And when he was a star himself, Ultravox, Devo and the Eurythmics hired him.
His motto: "Craziness is holy" !!! "
The new single "Corner" by Halby picks up on "Craziness is Holy" and immediately makes this clear in the lyrics, because they don't really make sense and leave the listeners a lot of room for interpretation. Supposedly it is about people who live in a blessed country - who despite poverty, uncomfortable conditions and their strange peculiarities seem crazy to all their geographical neighbors but extremely sympathetic, no even extremely satisfied. Is craziness sacred to them and the recipe to their happiness ? Since Halby comes from Kaiserslautern in the Palatinate, the suspicion that the promised land could be the neighboring Saarland and its inhabitants, "just around the corner". :)
The musical style of "Corner" is perhaps best described by the term "Alternative Country Pop".
Halby was, according to his own statements, since his youth musically strongly influenced by the Canadian rock legend Neil Young and this influence is clearly recognizable in "Corner". As with his first single "One more time", the song thickens with each part. Characterized by two wonderfully harmonizing acoustic guitars over a steady almost monotone drum groove ," Corner" ends with an almost anthemic coda.
Once again, Halby recorded almost all the tracks himself at WebEnd Studios in Kaiserslautern's Bahnhofsviertel, supported by his colleague and longtime friend Albert Koch on harp.