Berlin-based Touching Box has signed to Reckless Yes ahead of a planned 2022 album release.
Josepha Conrad and Robert Kretzschmar are Berlin-based musicians and duo Touching Box. They’ve been playing small and big stages. They’ve travelled, they’ve danced, they’ve been friends for a while. In 2015, Robert joined Josepha on one of her Susie Asado tours. As the songs began to transform, they started to imagine making something of their own.
In the spring of 2020, as cities shut down due to the pandemic, Robert and Josepha joined forces and recorded their musical visions.
Touching Box is about intimacy and alienation. It is about longing for touch and turning to objects. It is not thinking out of the box, but touching boxes, exploring the inanimate and breathing life into it: an analogue hiss, a warm synthesiser, a drum to be drummed, a bass to drop down to. And there are words, lots of them, sometimes they catalogue a single feeling, sometimes they catalogue an entire state. Soul meets lo-fi meets indie meets pop meets touching meets box. Touching box.
On joining Reckless Yes, Touching Box said, “We were attracted to Reckless Yes, because of the reckless and the yes. Making music seems to be intrinsically linked to both. We were also smitten by the roster, it was like diving into a hive of all kinds of amazing music we hadn’t heard of yet and felt lucky to discover.”
Reckless Yes co-founder Sarah Lay said, “As soon as we heard Touching Box we knew we had to work with them. Minimal in the best lo-fi way, quirky without being cliched: absolute connection in disconnected times.”
Reckless Yes co-founder Pete Darrington said, “I’m super excited that we’re going to be bringing you music by Touching Box in 2022. Not just because they dish up minimalist electro art pop with a wry wit I’ve not heard in a long time but because I really love expanding our roster with more fantastically unique international acts.
“Reckless Yes has always been on a mission to find and release brilliant music from around the globe that you might not normally encounter and our desire to do so has only intensified now our insular island nation has left the EU. We love this band and we think you will too.”
More details of the Touching Box release will follow but for now you can find the band on their website: www.touchingbox.com.
The band’s release will be available on generally by direct mail order and shops, as well as through our 2022 Record Club membership – this is a great way to support independent labels and artists while getting amazing music delivered to you through the year. You can find out more and join up here: https://recklessyes.com/reckless-yes-membership/