Saline Grace is the new project of Ricardo Hoffmann, who is known as the composer and poet of the German avant-garde band Nobility Of Salt.
Supported by his long-term bass player and companion through life, Ines Pollok,
the amazing multi-instrumentalist and singer has finished the work on a brand new
release, presenting his first solo album, called "Border Town Shades".
Distributed by motionFX/Radar Music, the new Saline Grace album will be released
by Deeper Waters Records on the 1st of September 2007.
THE NEW ALBUM RELEASE ON THE 1st OF SEPTEMBER 2007
“BORDER TOWN SHADES”
THE BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
The brand new Saline Grace album, called “Border Town Shades”, has been released
by Deeper Waters Records on the 1st of September 2007 and is being distributed by
Strongly influenced by the works of Dostoevsky, Kafka and Bukowski, Ricardo
Hoffmann has written claustrophobicly profound songs about desperation and the
blackest depths of misery, candle-lit rooms full of tragedies, forlorn sinners and
deceptive roads which are surrounded by broken telegraph poles, low-hanging wires,
sadness and peculiarly grown trees, leading into nowhere and failure. He also tells us
about the human’s eternal yearning for deliverance and his hope for God’s doubtful
mercy, presenting now with Saline Grace a 17-track-album of incredibly emotional
On “Border Town Shades” his extraordinarily filigree guitar style has been woven
into antiques such as piano, organ, banjo and marimba, building up together with Ines Pollok’s powerful bass, admonishing bells and stylishly played drums a remarkable
mixture of Americana, psychedelic and folklore of old Eastern Europe which creates
an oppressively sinister atmosphere.Within the centre of this soundscape, in the tradition
of Nick Cave, And Also The Trees, Woven Hand or Leonard Cohen stands ominously,
full of urgency and often with amazing warmth the marvellously narrative voice of
Ricardo Hoffmann, who, like creeping out of the human psyche’s repressed depths,
sometimes supported by means of using choirs, knows to celebrate his fateful tales
and philosophic poems.
Indeed, with “Border Town Shades” Saline Grace seems to roam a sinister valley on a
rain soaked, covered wagon whose wheels pass through that muddy soil, where Nick
Cave once laid down The Carny’s old nag named Sorrow.