Die Romantik

Die Romantik

BandRock

Die Romantik play dark pop with a baroque sensibility.

Biography

About the band:
The three of us met in 1996, while high school students in Paris. We remained friends and occasional musical collaborators until formally launching Die Romantik in August 2005. We live in New York.

We pride ourselves in being a band, not a group of supporting musicians around a frontman. Each of us writes and sings his own songs, and we all work very closely on the arrangements. We value originality but our foremost goal is always the pleasure of the listener. We want to create music that can withstand complex and detailed evaluation, but can also be listened to lightly.

We hope by blending our individualities into a well-balanced and coherent single product, to create something unique, in which you can hear many influences, but always something new.

About the album:
Recorded in a remote cottage in the Catskill Mountains in June and October 2006, Narcissist’s Waltz is a collection of varied works by three musicians.

During the two weeks of recording in the Catskills with no contact with the outside world, we were able to fully immerse ourselves in our music. It is difficult to imagine a more ideal situation in which to deliver an honest performance.

The production on the album is deliberately raw, as we wanted to capture what the band sounded like playing those particular songs at that time and place. In our mixing, we placed high value on room microphones, in an effort to capture not only the full performance with the natural reverb of the cottage but even some ambient noise. We wanted to bring the listener as close as possible to being in the Catskills with us and hear the music the way we did while we recorded.

This album is a personal collection and record of over a year’s work captured in just forty minutes of music. We hope you enjoy listening to it.

Lyrics

Narcissist's Waltz

Written By: Die Romantik

I've encountered many things,
I've assimilated all of them.
Life is full of mysteries,
Mysterious people talk to me about them.

Give me the time to be what you want me to be,
Give me the time...

Where are you, am I allowed to see
One day when you and I will turn to this
Whisper to me, whisper quietly
Turn your paleness to me lovely

Sighs of longing when I think of you
Gazes are passed in time and will die
Never afraid as long as you are in a dream
Never afraid, I think you'll never replace me

Give me the time to be what you want me to be,
Give me the time....

Tik Tok

Written By: Die Romantik

When I think of you,
Everything around me starts to slow.
When you talk to me,
Everyone around us sees so clearly

Don't you know what it means
I forget where I am, and hear me say
That you are
Everything

Still in time
A moment before leaving me behind
I rely on thoughts of you to fall asleep at night

Don't you know
What it means
I forget where I am, and hear me say
That you are
Everything

Another Round

Written By: Olivier Bernard

Verse I
I want you to know
That I cannot stay much longer
For no other reason than I
No longer find words to impress you

Verse II
What does it matter
Plenty will flatter
Your summer dress
Now my mind's a mess

Chorus I
Take a quick sip now
and then another round
My lips don't make a sound
My feet can't leave this ground

Verse III
What I wouldn't do
To have you
In my arms, tonight

Chorus II
Take a quick sip now
and then another round
My lips don't make a sound
My feet can't leave this ground

Chorus III
Turn around and everybody's gone
Back to sleep again
Back to where it all began

Epilogue
You bring me back to a normal life
But soon enough we'll be taking dives
My body might shift a little tonight
This quiet fight starts to burn inside
Bring me back to a normal life
And soon enough you'll believe these lies
Once effortless love, the pretending begins
Our heads will rise and fall again, again

Discography

LPs:
Narcissist's Waltz - self-produced, self-released full-length, released June 5, 2007

Singles:
-"A Die Romantik Christmas," December 2005
-"Elisa" (Serge Gainsbourg cover) feat. Audrey Levy aka Melody Nelson, June 2006

Set List

The set is approximately 40 minutes long and features 10 of the 11 songs on our album, Narcissist's Waltz.