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Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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Insect Songs (Single/1999)
How I Lost My Fear of Flying (Album/2000)
Flying Home (Album/2002)
En Route Pour La Gloire (sampler CD/2002 by French Sony Music Dependance "Yelen Records")
Ruby Light Shine (Album/2004)
This Time (EP/2005)
Flying Home (Reissue of Album/ 2007)
Nothing Cooked Up, Everything Cooked Up (Album/2007)
Going Back To New York (Single/2007)
Split-7-Inch with U.S. band The Great Crusades (release late 2013 by American label Boxing Clever Records)



French magazine Crossroads from Paris ranks Planeausters among the likes of dEUs, Dead Man Ray and Venus as one of the most interesting current European independent groups. The self-sufficient trio stands out with a weightless sound in which the sometimes rough and archaic arrangements create a very hypnotic tension. Singer and songwriter Michael Moravek creates distinct, lyrical and melancholic songs, with coordinates in a world with no geographical references.

In 2002 Planeausters were invited to play one of the biggest European Festivals at the Eurockennes de Belfort in France among the likes of Chemical Brothers, Muse and Travis.

After releasing their fourth album Nothing Cooked Up, Everything Cooked Up, Mike Scott invited Planeausters to tour with the Waterboys in Germany and Switzerland. Moravek, Scott and famous Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham meet on several occasions since then.

A mutual friend acquainted Planeausters with Chicago band The Great Crusades. Since 2009, the two bands formed a friendship and did concerts together either in the USA or in Germany. (The two bands will issue a split seven-inch single on St. Louis label Boxing Clever Records [] in 2013.)

Within two years Planeausters recorded an album with Grammy-winner Brian Leach in Chicago. Considering the creative and easygoing recording sessions with Leach, Moravek came back to Chicago to record for a solo album, backed by Leach and other members of The Great Crusades as well as by Chicago jazz musician Stephen Wright and Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham.

New album Humboldt Park (working title)
During the first U.S. tour with The Great Crusades, Planeausters followed up on an offer to record with Brian Leach at Blaise Bartons Joyride Studio in Chicago. All participants were so positive about the recording session that they decided to come back to complete recordings for a full album. The album contains 9 original songs written by Moravek. Apart from the original instruments played by Planeausters, Brian Krumm, Brian Leach and Stephen Wright added instruments to some of the songs.

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