Robert German | Sirens of Brooklyn

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Sirens of Brooklyn

by Robert German

Robert's music is a unique blend of Jazz, folk and blues with a pinch of country flavor, quirky production and vocal acrobatics.
Genre: Folk: like Ani
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Follow Me Home
2:02 album only
2. Open Wide
3:59 album only
3. Walking Song
2:49 album only
4. Well Formed Man
2:16 album only
5. Lemon Scented
3:12 album only
6. Fishnet Sailor
2:41 album only
7. Follow
4:53 album only
8. Sirens of Brooklyn
3:16 album only
9. Marlboro Man
3:43 album only
10. This 2 Shall Pass
2:30 album only
11. Hiding From Your Pain
3:30 album only
12. Before You Go
6:30 album only
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Album Notes
Robert's music is a unique blend of Jazz, folk and blues with a pinch of country flavor, quirky production and vocal acrobatics.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in the heartland, Robert German was classically trained in voice, singing in chamber choirs and opera productions while studying music. Robert began to teach himself guitar and writing songs at the age of nineteen. He moved to New York in 1999 and became involved in a turbulent relationship. Its chaotic end inspired Robert to write a song entitled Marlboro Man.

A special limited edition promotional single of Marlboro Man was distributed nationally with the DVD for the Academy-Award winning movie Brokeback Mountain. In June 2006, DJ Jeremy Hovies of Sirius Satellite Radio began playing the song on his show Last Call. The song instantly made its debut on Sirius Out Qs Hot 20 countdown soaring to number 1 on August 12th.

A new recording of Marlboro Man is featured on Robert's full-length album Sirens of Brooklyn. With his extraordinary voice Robert creates horns, stringed instruments, drums and other various sounds. There are sirens who call in the sailors and ones that race towards the burning buildings. The album is comprised of 12 songs, all of them written, produced and performed solely by Robert.

Robert's song Well Formed Man, the fourth track on the album was recently featured on High Bias with Uncle LD on the Village Voice's website and on National Public Radio's Open Mic.



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Shawn Revelle- EXP Magazine

An effectively eclectic mix of folk-inspired storytelling
An effectively eclectic mix of folk-inspired storytelling Robert German’s debut album, Sirens of Brooklyn, offers twelve songs all written, produced and performed by the exceedingly talented twenty-eight-year-old. The spoken-word feel of the first number, “Follow Me,” only hints at the original listening experience to come, with the free-flowing and wordy “Walking Song” soon fulfilling the promise made by his “Marlboro Man,” the iconic breakout single used to promote the DVD release of Brokeback Mountain. If German’s experimental, avant-garde approach to such memorable entries as “Well Formed Man” makes audience take notice his more melodic moments, like “Hiding from Your Pain,” “Follow” and the oddly sexy “Fishnet Sailor,” prove his limitless potential.
Look for Robert German’s sensational Sirens of Brooklyn to be released Tuesday, November 14 from Pigeonhole Records.

robert durbin

I think 5 stars says it all... incredible


skeet skeet
it's refreshing to hear music that is entirely composed of a multitude of styles and sounds delightfully new. this cd, will cure the blind, impregnate the infertile, or maybe just give you a boner. any way you look at it... that's a good thing. the satchmo/ billy holiday gutteral scat singing is a really hard thing to pull off without sounding crazy, but it is accomplished flawlessly here in. the lyrics speak of obvious life experience in a beautifully poetic (albeit tragic) stream of consciousness that is so genuine in foundation that it is not at all difficult to empathise and see yourself in the music. god bless robert german for creating this recording, which has redeemed my faith in new music. buy it... you know... like i did. totally worth every red cent.

F. Daniel Kent, Out and About Newspaper

German is possessed of a hauntingly skilled voice
Appropriately, the album is called “Sirens of Brooklyn.” The title is apt in more ways than one as German is possessed of a hauntingly skilled voice that calls to the listener from dark corners and blind alleyways encouraging them to step from the light into what might be an exciting adventure of dangerous proportions. German shifts and morphs his voice on several of the tracks to mimic the sounds of stringed instruments and horns in a jazz-scat sort of improvisational style that evokes a time out of time.

Cora Dimitt

Sirens of Brooklyn
I was really impressed with the vocal range of Robert and the capabilities of his sound effects. I had definite favorites and overall really enjoyed the album! I am looking forward to the next one for sure!

Too hip to be folk, too deep to be pop and too real to be cabaret
He’s a folk-pop artist with an expressive tenor who doesn’t shy from sharp retorts and stark images but still reveals his heart in an unashamed way. It’s all fueled with an Ani Difranco guitar sensibility and even some scatting that’s similar to her trumpet-like phrasing carefully fitted in the places between words. He’s in that marshy land between folk, pop and cabaret – too hip to be folk, too deep to be pop and too real to be cabaret but somehow a little of each.

There are wry pick-up songs like “Follow Me Home” and biting commentary like “Marlboro Man.” (“You hold all the cards but I don’t wanna play.”) “Lemon Scented” is quirky in a Rufus Wainwright kinda way. Some cool beat box accents “Well Formed Man,” and I’ll bet that one brings him a few luscious dates with a line like “Ain’t nothing better than a well formed man.” Come over here, sailor.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s “Fishnet Sailor” where he whispers “I’m going sailing.” “Follow” is different, using a more straight ahead folky guitar to explain a woman’s melancholy existence. “Walking Song” features vivid metro scenes. There’s a beat like a heartbeat that eerily accompanies the sour “This Too Shall Pass.” The title cut has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever heard

You left my ass in Arizona with fifteen bucks and half a Corona
Needless to say I’m feeling down

Then he goes on his merry bitter way. The jazzy “Before You Go” could be the last words to the dumper, but he confesses that he still loves the guy.

Singer-songwriters don’t need therapists, they write songs. Their process could be our uh-huh moment. There’s lots of uh-huhs here.

One of the most pleasant surprises of the year, Sirens of Brooklyn is the “new m
Robert German – Sirens of Brooklyn

There is no defined box to check that would adequately characterize the music of Robert German. A touch of folk, a liberal smattering of jazz, a hint of pop, a dash of the blues and just a taste of soul are just a few of the many ingredients that make up the delectable concoction that is Robert German’s new album Sirens of Brooklyn.

Bold, unique and decidedly brave are the terms that immediately came to mind after my first listen to Sirens of Brooklyn because this is an album that throws expectation out of the window and dares to rely on its individuality rather than its similarity to succeed. It’s not often that you hear unabashedly heartfelt music or provocatively emotional lyrics in a world where ‘the hook’ is all-important and the term ‘radio-friendly’ is the primary gauge for selecting the tracks that will fill out an album, but Robert German’s Sirens of Brooklyn is definitely the exception to the rule.

Opening with the folksy “Follow Me Home” and its almost nostalgic nod to the genius of Paul Simon in his heyday, Sirens of Brooklyn continues down a winding path that takes listeners on a journey through jazzy, R& B infused tracks like “Well Formed Man” and “This Too Shall Pass” that would be worthy of neo soul artists like Erykah Badu and Jill Scott to acoustic, testosterone-inspired tracks like “Marlboro Man” and “Hiding From Your Pain”. Through it all, the most endearing aspect of this album is its ability to translate the experiences that many of us as gay men have experienced through musical repertoires that have generally heretofore only been sympathetic to the emotional currents of heterosexual relationships. And that is perhaps German’s great charm and selling point.

Sirens of Brooklyn is an honest and poignant album that will take you on a rollercoaster of sentiments, the likes of which many of us ought to consider before we “dive into the pool” if you know what I’m sayin’. After all, there’s nothing wrong with thinking before you leap. One of the most pleasant surprises of the year, Sirens of Brooklyn is the “new most brilliant”. Period. And you can quote me on that.

© 2006