BELKA & STRELKA

by Testbild!

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Дамы и Господа!

The 19th of August 1960 two Russian stray dogs were sent up in space. Less than 24 hours later they became the first Earth-born creatures to go into orbit and return alive, hailed as radiant animal super heroes. Their names were Belka and Strelka.

This is the sound of their triumphant journey.

On February 23 the Stockholm/Malmö based pop group Testbild! will release their new album 'Belka & Strelka' on Kalligrammofon. Testbild! are known for a number of conceptual albums, where melodic and cinematic pop is blended with influences from 60's jazz and avant garde excursions in sound. Belka & Strelka is no exception, but stands out in their discography as an album in which the electronic elements, especially the use of analogue synths, takes a more prominent position. No guitars were used on the recordings.

credits

released February 23, 2015

Testbild!:

Siri af Burén
Katja Ekman
Petter Herbertsson
Douglas Holmquist
Petter Samuelsson

Guests:
Tomas Bodén
Karin Christensen
Peter Gunnarsson
Daniel Holmström
Elisabeth Sundin
Katerina Zolotova

Written, recorded and produced by Testbild! between 2007-2014
Mastered by Tomas Bodén

This is Kalligrammofon #32

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Kalligrammofon is a record label operating from Malmö, Sweden. It focuses on pop music, experimental music and experimental pop music.

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Track Name: The Moon and the Stars
see little arrow fly
onward, fast forward time
the moon and the stars will shine
and circle her mind

and squirrel flying by
inside her fortress of chimes
humming a tune in C
wearing a key of mercury
Track Name: Belka
rocket force flung us outwards into strangers’ trails
orbit air fed our senses with forgotten tales

smoky smell silver shell
time leap capsule canine star discoverers

in our eyes, black and yellow melting into blue
beeping hearts send our signal to the dot below

sunshine dust radio rust
time leap capsule canine star discoverers
Track Name: Amber Elements
gliding out on electric light
amber elements of starry nights
shiny dogs in flourescent bright
they’re floating above our heads
everywhere, anytime

flying in over city lights
space ship animal discoverers
trying out all the world for size
they’re hovering up in the air
all around in the night
of electric light
Track Name: Dogs in the Sky
sudden and clear
synchronize watches, dismantle your fear
cancel appointments and look to the stars
would you believe there’s a dog in the sky?
floting in circles, it’s almost quite near
dog’s tail in orbit, it’s happening here
a true bed time story of dogs in the sky
masters of space craft in our stratosphere
brilliant and star spangled air engineers
firmament’s speckled with dogs everywhere
inside their rockets, they watch us from there
one billion starry eyed dogs in the air
one giant leap for the spieces below
stretching their arms towards the heavens above
they’re not alone anymore
Track Name: Spacedog Walk
weary weightless spacedogs walking
whirling furry air dogs waltzing
on floors of empty matter
Track Name: No More Rainy Days
footprints on air, a certain kind of trace
will soon appear over us
a trail of paws invisible
upon the firmament
a sky full of hidden clues
we’ll wait for the crucial event

there’s no more rainy days in outer space
no more windy nights while flying kites
a gentle glowing maze on interface
Track Name: Strelka
a cloudless winternight
we’re leaving trees and neonlights behind
celestial dreams
are embodied in our craft

my friends are still asleep
but they’ll wake up soon

we’re animals in space
travelling involuntarily
though our eyes look calm
we’re quivering inside

our vessel is adrift
surrounded by the light from distant stars
we breath unison
as time absorbs by time

my friends are still asleep
but they’ll wake up soon