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Loud & Quiet
Studio album from Pyranja

Publish-
ment(s)

10. February 2006

Label(s) Pyranja Records

Format(s)

CD / 2-LP

Genre(s)

Hip-Hop

Title (number)

14

Length

47 min 17 sec

Production

Roman Preylowski, Jimmy Ledrac, Greg Danielz

Chronology
Women & Technology
(2004)
Loud & Quiet – —

Laut & Leise is the third album by rapper Pyranja. It was released on February 10, 2006. The only single from the album was Nie wieder (Never Again), which reached number 87 in the charts.

Origin

The album came into being without any fixed planning. In September 2005 Pyranja had received a call from ProSieben asking her if she would like to represent her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2006, initiated by Stefan Raab since 2005. The rapper was of the opinion that a single was too little for promotion. The song with which she was to compete was Nie wieder.

The production company Brainpool, which is responsible for ProSieben, among others, ultimately made its decision to admit the artist to the competition dependent on the corresponding single, although the selection of artists from the state was rather small. After the single was ready, the company finally agreed in November of the same year.

At first Alphabeatz were supposed to take over the production, but they just moved with their studio. For this reason, Roman Preylowski took over due to time constraints. The songs and the recordings were made in a relatively short time due to the mentioned circumstances: In the months of October and November the songs were written, in December the recordings took place within two weeks. Pyranja wanted it to be finished before she was a guest on Raab’s show TV total, in which every participant of the competition was introduced beforehand. With her own demand to make a qualitatively good album despite the short time available, in which an artistic development could be seen, she was also under additional pressure.

The Bundesvision Song Contest itself took place on February 9, 2006 in the Hessian city of Wetzlar, as the band Juli from Hesse had won the contest a year earlier. Pyranja reached eighth place with a total of 50 points, which was both the highest score and the best placing for the state in a Bundesvision Song Contest up to that point.

Texts

Olli Banjo, represented on Nur so, also played the electric guitar on Niewieder

The album title Laut & Leise istaken from a line of text from Männer & Jungs (“Pyranjaremains the number one, whether loud or quiet.”). Guest contributions on the album come from Olli Banjo(Nur so), Dra-Q(Brennpunkt) and Schivv(True Romance), among others. Lyrically, the album turned out to be a bit more diverse and personal than Pyranja’s previous albums. For example, Laut & Leise features tracks that can be classified as battle rap (FiesePanzer, Männer & Jungs, Nur so).

Autobiographical

In Auf & ab Pyranja raps about the ups and downs of her career so far. She starts with how it began in the mid-nineties and how she founded her own record company; at the same time, she addresses her experiences (“But when the world doubts you, you have to learn to love it. That’s why I keep my head up, don’t stop believing in myself. I just have to trust my gut in everything I do.”)

Vom Ossi zum Star ironically deals with her East German origins (“Ich hab schiefe Zähne und ‘n dicken Arsch.”), making use of stereotypes according to which the inhabitants there have a lower social status on average, and contrasting it with her already achieved notoriety. MV (abbreviation for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a kind of ode to her homeland, and at the same time it represents a kind of “application song” for the Bundesvision Song Contest. Ich wollte is about her dreams in life so far (“I wanted tosave the world. It was all planned. But something always came in between until today. I wanted to fly to the moon and touch the stars and I wanted to burn up like a comet in the atmosphere.”), which mostly didn’t come true and were discarded again (“I wanted everything, but I didn’t find it, but I jumped into the deep end all by myself. I wanted to go from the bottom to the top, and that’s why you hear me now, because all I ever pulled off was rap.”)

In 1929 she tells about her grandfather and his difficult time in the Second World War. He had died a year before the album was released, which had affected her very much. While she already had the concept for this piece in her head, it was very difficult for her to write down the lyrics, because this tells a true story. During the recording, the rapper had tears in her eyes. According to her, this is the only song on the album that she can’t listen to, although she doesn’t regret writing it.

Dear

The track “Nie wieder” appeared on the single in a different version than on the album; the album version turned out a bit longer, among other things it was extended by a piano intro. Musically it tends strongly towards crossover with its partly very hard electric guitar played by Olli Banjo. The guitar was initially recorded with synthesizers, but Pyranja – just like everyone else who had been involved in the recording – thought that this version sounded too much like pop. The chorus is sung by Larissa Lindo, but she is not officially listed as a feature. The lyrics are about a broken love that was never really one (“I lay my cards on the table. I never really loved you.”)

Title list
  1. Loud & Quiet ( Intro)
  2. Nasty tank
  3. Men And Boys
  4. Only so
  5. Up And Down
  6. If you only knew
  7. I wanted
  8. Never Again (Album Version)
  9. True Romance
  10. Hotspot
  11. 1929
  12. From Ossi To The Star
  13. MV
  14. Never Again (Greg Danielz Remix)

In addition, the same song is included in the so-called Greg Danielz remix at the end of the record, which is supplemented at the end by a rap verse by Kimoe, in which he takes on the role of the spurned lover (“Believe me, I didn’t want it all to end like this”). It differs from the other two versions mainly by the missing electric guitars, a changed piano riff and a clearly more melancholic atmosphere.

Wenn du wüsstest is about a secret passion from an unnamed counterpart, where in the chorus she delivers the lyric line “And when you go, come back. Du mich machen verrückt.” is deliberately performed with an Eastern European accent and the R rolls at the word “verrückt”; likewise, the grammatical error of the sentence “Du mich machen verrückt” is deliberate in order to additionally emphasize the accent.

True Romance, a duet with Schivv, deals with heartbreak(We used to be able to talk for hours. Now we keep silent and have nothing to talk about. I gave you more than my love. Today I’m just your huge crisis in life. There was no reason for me to see you again.)

Illustration

The cover and the rest of the photos are by photographer Katja Kuhl. On the first, the artist can be seen wearing a yellow baseball cap, pink hooded sweater and – from the viewer’s perspective – her head turned to the right. On the lower half of the picture, the rapper’s name is written in white, rounded block letters that are vaguely reminiscent of cursive script and appear partially “scratched off”. Below that, in yellow, clearly smaller letters, is the album title and the playing time of the CD.

The dominant background color of the booklet is black, with occasional spotlights in the background. In the middle of the booklet there are notes about the pieces.

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