Rockets and Ponnies – the epicure German label run by Timo Maas and Santos is trying out a new direction. Boldly declaring that techno doesn’t necessary have to contain 4 by 4 kick and bass. Following up on Katie Cruel’s previous collaboration with Tim Maas – Articulation that came with three lovely remixes by Tim Green, Pezzner and youANDme.
The upcoming releases focuses even more on Katie Cruel (American singer-songwriter also known as Wendy Rae Fowler ) releasing two original tracks by Katie – a more of the grunge inspired, acoustic slow-mowrock experience. Naturally the EP comes with a B-side containing to remixes by the label bosses Santos and Timo Maas that complete the whole circle. Lovely stuff.
Previously touring as a second bassist for Earthlings in 1998, Katie Cruel dipped her toes into a pool of artistic credibility that has since taken her on an alternative rock journey as fascinating as it is prolific.
Fowler’s exemplary rock credentials are the sum of her experiences as both accomplished musician and singer-songwriter, honing her craft with visionary stars of American Rock along the way. Following a stint with Earthlings as supporting acts for Queens of the Stone Age on a brief tour of America’s West Coast, Fowler’s dusky, foreboding vocals became the backdrop to two QOTSA tracks, a juncture that led to a meeting of minds with Mark Lanegan with whom she would later collaborate on several pieces.
In 2005, a chance meeting with UNKLE’s Richard File would become a defining moment for both artists as their similar influences drew them to an inimitable musical pairing. While treading the traditional industry paradigm led the pair to critical acclaim, ‘We Fell to Earth’ soon etched their sound into the hearts and minds of a wider audience as their tracks featured on a slew of TV dramas including Gossip Girl, The Prisoner and CSI:NY. Later, the pair co-wrote the theme to lauded US crime drama ‘The Killing’.