Both sober and dreamy: Odd Beholder's music is as sublime as an empty parking lot in early morning light. Odd Beholder articulate alienation. They develop their songs by experimenting but their goal is simplicity. The precise, unpretentious music reflects Daniela Weinmann's and James Varghese's shared interest in ambivalent moods. They create introverted, stripped-down music that becomes a Trojan horse for bigger things. As beholders, they stand next to what's going on in a strange world, but they don't perceive themselves as innocent bystanders. Instead, Daniela Weinmann and James Varghese try to sort things out and make sense of their impressions. In spring 2017, the band has released its second EP "Atlas" that takes up the cool and minimalistic electronica of the first EP "Lighting" released in 2016, and continues where it left off. While the first EP put the act of beholding in the centre of the songs, the second EP highlights the beholder himself. Like a tourist, like a pilgrim he roams the earth in search of direction. He's broke, he worries, he has difficulties to find his point of view and he yearns for a companion. “The songs on 'Atlas' discuss fear, our strategies of coping with it and its danger of corrupting our moral compass and our logic. The songs are an invitation to let go of fear and to dedicate oneself to something that is worth finding, keeping and fighting for”, explains the band. Since the release of "Lighting" a lot has been set in motion for Odd Beholder. Both on the large and small scale the duo literally has been on the move and gathering attention with their many concerts and above all the underground hit "Landscape Escape" as well as the corresponding video shot in Azerbaijan.
*This program is supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council.