Brooklyn-born, Berlin-based songwriter Hans Bilger is excited to announce his debut solo album Meridian, out September 5, 2019 via Good Child Music. To ring in the announcement, Hans has shared the album’s first single “Had It And Lost It” — listen HERE
, and watch the accompanying video HERE
“Meridian is many things at once,” Hans says. “It’s a solo piece, a community effort; a first shot and a kind of culmination. There are songs about faith, German, driving through Oregon, and a boy looking out a window. There are folk groups, bar bands, string quartets and jazz ensembles. There are flattops and Stratocasters, synths and pump organs, church balconies and distortion fields. There are words by me, my sister Ruby, my former Skype ESL student, and an anonymous college classmate. My sister Evangeline plays a giant cat.
“HAD IT AND LOST IT”
That may sound scattershot, but it’s varied by design. I think we’re each in the eye of a little tornado. We can name the objects flying by (“There’s a cow! That’s a house!”), but we’re not sure how or if they link. Songs can dissipate this incoherence. (“Wait a second…cow, house, grey dog…are we in Kansas?”) They help us see eye to eye.
Meridian was written over five years, one tune at a time. Most of the album was tracked at Good Child Music in Brooklyn from 2017-2019. “Intercession” and “Hank’s Song” were recorded at my family’s church. Mou ke ni (I know her as “CoCo”) wrote the “Catman” text, which began as a playful inclusion and ended up key to the album’s form. The remarkable Alessandra Roubini recorded, mixed, and co-produced the record—she shaped its tone and atmosphere. Lawson White mastered it and provided invaluable musical guidance. My dear friend Eli Greenhoe did the string arrangements. There were more than twenty-five performers, all told. Each lent something graceful and particular. The whole process has felt like watching a spider weave its web. At first the threads were obscure and interior. Now they’re public and sort of circular. They catch sunlight and flies.
The album’s title comes from “White Noise”: “Hemispheres and prime meridians […] humming with a secret vision.” A meridian is a through line. It touches many places, but ends where it began. That’s how this music works for me. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”