Grotto Terrazza – Stumpfer Gegenstand (MDR031)

Grotto Terrazza – Stumpfer Gegenstand  (Cassette/Digital)


– Waiting for Henry
– Cyprian Skit
– Was Leben Will Muss Sterben [That which longs to live must die]
– Green Tea Jameson’s Lemon
– Baptismal Piscine
– Trattoria Nihil
– Fürst Mitternacht [Count Midnight]
– Gestalt Bondage
– Exodus (Push-Faktor)
– Aus Dem Wald Kommt Eine Frau [Out of the forest, comes a woman]



out June 15th 2019 on Maple Death Records / Cut Surface

Transforming from a blunt object into a smoldering saint, just another day thought on the never ending collage of life, a pattern that continuously evolves like Grotto Terrazza, the Munich based art/music/life project of Thomas Schamann.

Stumpfer Gegenstand’ (Blunt Object) is his musical debut for Maple Death and Cut Surface, a beautiful intimate album of translucent dark beat poetry, that flickers between rhythmical murder ballads, Neue Deutsche Welle, the early experiments of Palais Schamburg and the industrial malaise of Cabaret Voltaire; this is art-punk that plays with musique concrete and finds it’s pop sensibility rooted in EBM and folk noir.

Schamann started collecting bits and pieces of this and that in order to use them for a cut-up of some sort in 2015. Slowly two distinct and cohesive pieces came to life, his editorial debut, “Trattoria Nihil”, a 250 page collection of beat poetry in German & drawings, and this album ‘Stumpfer Gegenstand’, started roughly in 2017 in Paris, France. Thomas was on tour with his other band, darkwave Berlin project Bleib Modern, with a few days off, and decided to split from his bandmates and embark on an odyssey through Pigalle and other parts of the city; this is where the seeds of the album were firmly planted.

Recorded in both analogue & digital ways, on found, borrowed, bought & given gear, the album is a testament to Thomas’ vision in creating a cohesive ride, a semi lucid walk through a summer evening encountering ghosts, violence, illusions and dreams steaming from the streets. Exactly where you want to always be.

Stumpfer Gegenstand’ was recorded in Munich, Paris and London and mixed in late 2018 by Andor Bencze. Some of the instruments used: Eko Tiger electric organ, RX 21 drum computer, Omnichord, Walkie Talkies, electric guitars & bass, percussion, audio samples. Released on a limited blue tape with risograph print inlay designed by Grotto Terrazza.