Norbert Kruelers project „Shamall“ releases his eleventh album „music is not a cheap non-durable good, but something sacred“ believes Norbert Krueler, who just released the eleventh album with his music project „Shamall“ (hot desert wind). The musician and music producer entitles his latest work „questions of life“. „The lyrics are about the meaning and purpose of life,“ says Krueler, „because I realized how many people are wasting their time while occupying themselves with lambencies.“
Krueler achieves his ideas not only in his lyrics. When working on a new album, he tries to avoid copying himself. „I try to avoid repetitions“, Norbert says „and I take it for granted to bring out the best in my music.“ Influences of famous bands from the alternative rock scene of the eighties and seventies are apparent in Shamall’s current work. Their pleasure to create musical experiments and their audibly LOVE to play were trademarks of those bands in their era. These remarkable signs are abound on ‚questions of life‘.
„But my fans need not to fear too experimental debaucheries,“ laughs Krueler, because he remains with the Best: „The melody itself is still in the foreground and may not disappear behind too much technology or extensive technical skills of single musicians, who ends in themselves. Heart, culture and brainpower shall always be consistent with each other. Shamall is just a child of the colourful flower-power-hippie-era…“ smiles Norbert.
Norbert, who was born in Emsdetten (near the Dutch border) plays guitar and piano since his childhood. After his three-year apprenticeship as a dairy expert Norbert jobbed in a discotheque, before he filled in the diseased resident dj. „My boss was thrilled about my first appearance as a DJ so that I kept the job,“ recalls Krueler. About 30 years ago the same boss established the big rock club „Aladin Music Hall“ in Bremen and took Krueler with him, who is still working there until today. 1986 Krueler founded the project „Shamall“ with two friends. „We started with Italo-Disco quite successfully,“ he says. After a year both friends quit Shamall for family reasons. Krueler, who doesn’t relate to disco music, reconsidered his musical ambition and was looking for an intellectual challenge. Influenced by musical heroes of his childhood like Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Alan Parsons and Tangerine Dream he created the first Shamall longplayer, which gave direction to Shamall’s musical future. His electronic music with rhythm and vocals made him popular internationally, Shamall received two golden records, which dazzle on the wall of the recording studio. Shamall brought new elements in the following works and various musicians accompanied him over the years. The recent album „Questions of Life“ is available in every well-stocked record store. — Inka Sommerfeld, July 2008
Absolutely brilliant work, which is definitely one of the best albums of the year by now!!!
Stephan Schelle, July 2008 — music-circus magazine
Here’s the complete tracklist:
1. what will happen part I 4:37
2. what will happen part II 4:06
3. what will happen part III 4:14
4. what will happen part IV 4:14
5. what will happen part V 4:09
6. prospective waves 1:53
7. life part I 6:26
8. life part II 6:13
9. exegesis 4:50
10. running and falling 5:47
11. resurge 2:05
12. about a totally freakin‘ out moment in life 3:21
13. adage part I 5:00
14. adage part II 5:36
15. the power of life part I 8:47
16. hall of 1000 strings 1:10
17. the terpsichorean frisk of creepy crawlies 3:46
18. the power of life part II 3:28
Local press: Shamall releases his eleventh album „Questions of Life“ / Norbert Krüler lives in Langwedel
„Questions of Life“ – this is the title of what has become the eleventh studio album of Shamall, the musical project of the resident DJ from the rock club „Aladin Music Hall“, Norbert Krueler. Norbert composed and produced the entire album independently and except for two guitar solos, which originate from his friend Matthias Mehrtens, he plays all the instrumental parts in his recording studio on his own. He arranged the tracks, wrote lyrics, vocalized and even designed the cover art. Since Shamall was founded in 1986, its musical direction changed several times. Shamall’s latest albums show a melodic blend of progressive and psychedelic rock. Although „Questions of Life“ is a pure studio album and – less or more a one-man show – it’s particularly surprising that a real band feeling arises – like on its predecessor „Ambiguous points of view“. This album features enthusiasm, vitality and creative ideas.
What about the motivation for Norbert to create „Questions of Life“? „I make music for music’s sake and I could say: „This album is innovative, brilliant and not to beat. But what should I say about my next cd? Every serious musician strives to do his best to give, so for me. This is a matter of course for each of my works. Naturally I try to avoid repetitions by bringing in new influences.“
Inspiration for this album are cognitions and worldly wisdoms. Musically the reflections on the meaning and purpose of being are presented impressively. „Questions of Life“ is also about sayings, which could be very helpful in spite of its ostensible simplicity. Norbert: „My attitude towards life is altering with every day, because of new experiences, new impressions. Meaningful lyrics in my music are just as important as the music itself.“
How could the musical change be explained? Norbert: „In the early days of Shamall I was about 25 and produced italo-disco. In the nineties I was inspired to produce solely electronic music. Today I am older, my music is grown up. Bands like Pink Floyd, Rush and Alan Parsons play an important role in my musical history. Alternative, cross-genre music has always been and will ever be a reflection of my life. My personal ambition is to create thought-provoking music, which doesn’t need any pictures.“
The album „questions of life“ is available in record stores and in the online-shop of Shamall’s record label „2L Productions“ (https://www.2lp.net).