(28 May 2000) Built around lead singer Lili Plieninger, German
progressive rock band Wildeve have released one album to date
entitled Touch and Go (WMMS 1111, 1996). The band
formed in 1995; before that Plieninger sang backing vocals with
English classic rock bands Landmarq and Casino. Lili also
contributed backing vocals to the album by German progressive
In Wildeve, Lili also contributes vocals, electric and acoustic
guitar and keyboards. Wildeve's album features band members Andreas
Brenner (acoustic guitar), Leno Vijackic (electric guitars), Rudi
Liechtle (drums, percussion), and Peter Steinbach (bass); guests
include Hardy Heinlin, Werner Danneman and Helmut Kipp. The songs
are primarily written by Lili Plieninger. The music is mainly light
and airy, never too heavy and often quite accessible. It can be
best categorised as folk rock with a progressive edge, similar in
some ways to Rebekka (Phoenix), and it certainly has a 1970s
feel. All songs are sung in English.
The band is presently working on new songs, demo recordings and
that they are preparing a new album for release later this year.
The lineup supporting Lili now includes Alex Mueller (electric
and acoustic guitars), Mark Ellis (bass) and Hardy Philipp
(drums and percussion).
Wildeve's Touch and Go album is comprised of ten
relatively short tracks each featuring sensitively sung vocal
passages. Production quality
on the album is superb with vocals mixed way up, never
overpowered by the instrumentals, which with lush keyboard
parts are very effectively arranged. The occasional
multi-tracking adds depth to the vocal textures.
Lili's vocal work is evocative and sensual; soaring excursions
in several of the passages show her vocal dexterity and the
tremendous depth of this talented singer.
Accurate parallels have been drawn by German media to Tori Amos,
Cranberries or early Kate Bush as well as Heather Nova and
Alanis Morissette. She has a unique vocal style, perhaps
due to the German edge (accent) of her voice, that suits
the light style of, and acoustic guitar within, the
progressive rock that Wildeve plays.
The album's acoustic tracks feature lovely harmony vocals
sung over light acoustic guitar or piano and include "Days
Of Desire" and "What Can I Do." The tremendous vocal lead in the
acoustic track "Radioman" is most reminiscent of Rebekka's
music. The more richly arranged rock tracks have a slighly
heavier edge with thicker bass and keyboard parts joining
electric guitar. These include "City Rain," "Strange Girl,"
"Eternalize" and the everso densly arranged ballad "As the Days
Several of the album's tracks include both styles effectively
mixing acoustic with the denser rock arrangements. These
songs include the title track, "Touch and Go," "What a Man"
The vocal parts in these songs are among the best due to
the soaring excursions. We especially enjoyed "Good For Me,"
a lighter track that mixes Wildeve's lovely acoustic folk rock
style with a thicker, almost live chorus and many layers of
backing harmony vocals.
With preproduction of their follow-up album complete, it's
a good time to explore their debut album further. You can find
further information, soundbites and ordering information at
Wildeve's website. Worth a
cross-country journey, Wildeve's Touch and Go is
certainly a must listen!.