Sidetrack Walker is an independent music project focusing on atmosphere and honest, emotional songwriting. Headed by German artist Dominik Sonders, it draws on genres such as Art Rock, Trip-Hop, Drum’n’Bass, Dark Folk and Modern Classical.
Back in August, I had a very long and open talk with Tom at Withered Hands Podcast, touching on a wide variety of subjects. Today, part 1 of the show is finally out. Sidetrack Walker fans are in for a treat, so be sure to check it out and let me know what you think! Also keep an eye out for part two, which will follow shortly. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Tom for taking so much time and being incredibly open-minded and kind.
While you’re here, why not drop by the press section to see the reactions to The Art of Starvation so far?
“[W]hat blew me away the most about Will to Leave was the sheer distinction. Sidetrack Walker’s tendency to pull from a myriad of genres […] allowed their sound to spill an alchemic amount of atmospheric intensity.”
‘The Art of Starvation’ is now live on Bandcamp. As previously announced, the album download will be free of charge for a limited period of time. You can also pre-order your copy of the CD edition now. It will be limited to 100 hand-numbered copies, so don’t hesitate too long.
The regular release date for other platforms as well as for the CDs has been set to May 22. Remember, however, that I can give no guarantees regarding the CD shipping date; pressing is still delayed due to conditions beyond my control.
I sincerely hope the new album can offer some distraction, comfort or inspiration to some of you during these uncertain times.
The Instagram users among you already know by now: the title of the new Sidetrack Walker album is “The Art of Starvation”. It’ll be released soon, so stay tuned! Here’s the tracklist:
1. The Odd Moment
2. Only Silence Knows My Name
3. To Invite the Haunting
4. Broken Heartbeats
5. Worlds Collide
6. Wake-Up Call
7. Off Limits
8. Missing Pages
9. Last Line of Defence
10. Will to Leave
11. The Host
Due to the pandemic, I have decided to forego the usual promotional phase preceding the album release. As soon as the final masters are done, the new album will be made available for digital streaming and download (free of charge) through Bandcamp. With so many of you adapting to a secluded life at home, now is not the time for additional, avoidable delays. CD pre-orders will commence at the same time, and I will ship those as soon as I receive the CDs from the pressing plant. Services such as Spotify will still require a regular release date, however.
In light of the current crisis, I have made my entire digital discography available on a “name your price” basis on Bandcamp. This means that if you’re among those affected financially by the pandemic, you can still download and enjoy any Sidetrack Walker release at no cost. CD prices will also remain low until further notice. I believe that the availability of music as a source of strength, comfort and inspiration is more important than ever now. Of course, if you can, please do support the project with whatever payment you deem appropriate, and be sure to do the same for other artists – many of us are struggling right now, especially those who draw much of their income from performing live.
To protect yourself as well as others, please take this situation seriously and stay home whenever you can. Enjoy great music, cook yourself a decent meal or take a moment of quiet contemplation: a crisis like this can also be an opportunity to rediscover aspects or ourselves that are usually drowned out by our hectic lives. Stay safe!
Time to embrace the haunting: the new single is out now! You can expect an equally haunting new full-length early next year. Reason enough to look forward to 2020! Until then, I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy listening to “The Host” as much as I enjoyed making it. And do check out the amazing remix by Strukt. Best wishes to everyone from the Sidetrack Walker camp!
December 27 will see the release of a new Sidetrack Walker single, “The Host”. It is a sign of things to come for 2020: the song will re-appear on the upcoming full-length early next year with a slightly updated mix. Apart from a full version and a radio edit of “The Host”, the single will also contain a remix by Strukt, an electronic project by none other than Andre Jonas. He was the mixing engineer for “Come What May” and also mastered the single. Prepare for some surprises in what is clearly the darkest Sidetrack Walker material to date!
The current issue of Orkus, one of the most prominent German independent music magazines, is now available. Check it out to find an interview with Sidetrack Walker as well as an extremely flattering review
of Come What May! The album is even featured as their monthly special music pick. Thanks so much to Claudia Zinn-Zinnenburg and Manuela Ausserhofer!
“We will fall under the haunting charm of the little miracles of ‘Savour’ and ‘Ghost Stories’. Dominik’s main quality is to infuse his compositions with musical structures of impressive effectiveness.” (4.25/5)
Also, find out almost anything you could possibly want to know about Sidetrack Walker: in his interview, my buddy Mike Liassides at Doom-metal.com was extremely thorough in exploring my musical adventures.
Einsam ist der Sidetrack Walker, der sich abseits der ausgetretenen Pfade auf dem Abstellgleis bewegt. Diese Einsamkeit vermittelt er in Come What May mit einem natürlichen Hang zur Melancholie, die sich bittersüß über Dich ergießt. Sanfte Gitarrenklänge treffen auf mal fordernde, mal einlullende Klaviertöne, die in Kombination mit dem kraft- und gefühlvollen Gesang herausragende Arrangements kreieren und Dich immer tiefer in die düster-romantische Welt des Sidetrack Walker ziehen. Es ist eine äußerst persönliche Welt, in der er seinen tiefsten Emotionen Gestalt in Form von nachdenklichen Texten und wunderschönen Klängen verleiht. Etwas progressiv, ein bisschen klassisch, vor allem aber mit offenem Herzen und wachen Augen. Einerseits mit Gespür für Dramatik und viel Wissen um Soundkreationen, andererseits auf das Wesentliche konzentriert ohne unnötigen Schnörkel folgen wir dem Sidetrack Walker Behind the Scenes, erfahren Good News, hören Ghost Stories und erleben das Erwachen und Ende des Mais – vielleicht als Sinnbild des Frühlings, des Erblühens? Raum für eigene Gedanken bleibt in jeder der elf Kompositionen. Also: Come What May …