Penthouse Budapest Quarantine

According to the saying “Nothing is so bad that it is not good for something!” the singer-songwriter Juri Reisner used his “Corona time out” in spring 2020 to record the album Penthouse Budapest Quarantine, above the roofs of the capital of his adopted home country Hungary.

With partly very personal, but also political and socially critical lyrics, he experiments in his English language debut album with a variety of different musical styles.

The 11 tracks on the album alternate between instrumental pieces and songs with elements from pop to jazz, Latin jazz, lounge, songwriting and classical music.

„Before there were so many things, I thought they mattered,
out of vanity or because I felt flattered.
But the day you left me I could feel my soul,
because by leaving me, you taught me that all those things don’t play a role.“

In his song “Lilith“, which he wrote in memory of his mother, the actress Lilith Ungerer, who became widely known under Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff, he deals with the intensive experiences of her premature death and his very personal process of maturing in the context of hospice and terminal care.

In the autobiographical ballad “It is (okay) what it is” and the Latin jazz song “Juri” he treats, with a winking eye, the dichotomy between a high moral and human demand on oneself and the actual, mostly sobering reality one may have to come to terms with.

While the jazzy song “Ámon” gives his son a little help in life with the concluding words “…you are just as right as you are and I love you”, “My child” is an indictment of the way we treat ourselves and our planet and lives, from the ambivalence between a cynical, satirical text and the peaceful and lovely melody of the well-known German children’s song “Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf”.

Drink, my child, drink!
Your mother will breastfeed and blink.
By Bayer’s Monsanto and by Nanny state,
your breast milk full of glyphosate.
Drink, my child, drink!

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