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Saturday, March 15 • 12:00am - 12:30am
Postman

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The colour green symbolizes life, growth and (re)birth. And that is exactly where the title of Postman's new album stands for: it marks a new beginning for rapper, producer and composer Remon Stotijn a.k.a. The Anonymous. "On this album I'm looking back at the past years and everything I've been through. Although it's already the 4th Postman album, it is the most mature one until now." In the last decennium Postmen (the band name was at first in plural form) has left in eradicable traces in the Dutch music scenery. The golden debut Documents (1998) was highly esteemed by both critics and fans and even ended up in the Top 10 of Best Dutch Albums Ever. This classic delivered several hit singles and the band received prestigious awards like the 'Zilveren Harp' (award for best upcoming act), the Heineken Crossover Award, a TMF (tv music station) Award and the 'Pop Prijs' for being the most influential act of that year. Postmen gained also a solid reputation as one of the most energetic live acts. The band played at well-known festivals like Pinkpop, Lowlands, Pukkelpop and Rock Werchter and has been touring Germany, Austria and France. The innovative, unique sound and catchy mix of hip hop and reggae touched both young and older fans. Although the second album Revival (2001) was commercially not as big a success as Documents, artistically Revival was definitely superior. The compositions contained several different music styles that altogether formed that unique Postmen sound. The third album Era (2003) was daring and experimental, but unfortunately not a big hit. Apart from that, the band suffered from a changing music industry and internal differences between the band members. Eventually Postmen even decided to split up and The Anonymous took some time off to put everything in perspective, take some rest and spend time with his family. After a couple of months of reflection he decided to get back in the ring and use his experiences in writing new songs. He also changed the band name from Postmen into Postman. Soon The Anonymous discovered that working on your own has its advantages. "I'm more flexible now. I can follow my own lead and recorded this album in peace and harmony.” Although it follows a dark period in Postman's career, Green did not turn out to be a dark or depressive album. At the contrary: the typical Postman-sound is still there and even stronger. It’s a stimulating mix of modern hip hop, old soul and good old reggae, completed with gospel and blues influences. The melodies are still very accessible and have a positive vibe, mainly due to The Anonymous' relaxed flow. The first single of the album Green, is the steamy song Downhill. On this song The Anonymous is joined by Dutch singer Anouk who, with her Blues kind of voice gives Downhill an even deeper, warmer sound. The lyrics on Green show some subtle differences compared to the songs on earlier albums. The songs are more personal and tell about topics like: the ending of a friendship (Worry), envy (They Know, with a small part for son Elijah), ambition (Firing, One More Storm, Showdown) and love (All Gone, Conflict). There are not as much political statements on Green as we were used to get from Postman. Although the album does refer to some modern society issues like on the songs Dutch and Insight. The Anonymous: "When we started with Postmen, I was 22 and wanted to change the whole world. Now I just want to change my own world. I have to provide in solid future for my kids. Since I've got kids, life has got a different meaning to me." In the meantime The Anonymous has gathered a team of very talented musicians around him and found his vibe again. Postman live is: apart form Mis, 3 background singers, a back-up singer, a guitarist, a drummer, a bass player and a keyboard player. Although the band is new, the essence is the same: Postman wants to give expression to emotions and social issues in a poetic way through his music. The Anonymous is very proud of Green. “I hope people will find recognition in my lyrics, but more than that I hope my songs will make people happy.” With Green Postman definitely will touch the souls of his fans again. Like he raps at Insight: But I uphold the name/send my people a message."
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Saturday March 15, 2008 12:00am - 12:30am
Karma Lounge 119 W 8th St

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