Groover Playlist 133 | Another World Tour

Olga La Rouge, Prints Of Monaco, LohArano & more wonders from near and far.

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Olga La Rouge plants a rose, Prints of Monaco push petals, Wyn Wolf opens a magazine, Tales of Marshall Osborne look up — and there’s plenty more where they came from in today’s epic list of submissions from Groover, a platform that connects artists with critics like me for a small fee. You can (and should) follow me on Spotify HERE, check out my Top 150 Playlist HERE, or listen to it via the widget at the lower right of every page on this site. If you want to be in an upcoming playlist, go HERE. But first, settle in for another world tour:

 


Olga La Rouge | Rose

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Originally from the south of France, Olga writes, composes and performs, guided by influences such as Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and Edith Piaf. In February 2020 she traveled to Iceland to shoot her first music video, followed by her first EP, released in December. It is difficult to predict the path that Olga will take because she has the taste, the art and a subtle way of mixing the different styles and vibrations that inhabits her. She is preparing her first album.”


Prints of Monaco | Petals Are Falling

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Petals Are Falling” is an indie-rock / sad-boy single about getting cheated on, and it comes with a pretty video involving a time lapse of flowers dying. It’s built around an acoustic-guitar songwriter structure with some tasty licks, and adds on top some beautiful slide guitar and synth.”


Wyn Wolf | Boys On Magazines

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Wyn Wolf’s story starts in Montreal. She grew up with a children’s entertainer as a father. She listened to a lot of rock and blues as a kid because pop stations weren’t allowed in the car. Eventually, she rebelled, became a total Swiftie, and started to f*ing love pop music. “I started writing in elementary school. It wasn’t something I chose to do or even desired to do, the melodies and lyrics would come to and through me in the weirdest way. I remember almost feeling powerless to the stories. These were people, these were places, but they were not mine. They were choosing me. In high school, as I was becoming a whole person, the stories started being real and being mine. The boys weren’t imaginary, the girls were me, and the world was my neighbourhood.” She ended up working with Pilou and Steven Doman, who helped her create the sound she envisioned; their melody and music came together in what she calls a ‘powerful nursery rhyme.’ Boys on Magazines is a glimpse into this Gen Z’s universe.”


Tales of Marshall Osborne | Up In Heaven

HOME BASE: Australia.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Tales of Marshall Osborne were created in 2021 by producers Rémi Noyelle and Andrés Romero. Through a diverse universe, the iconic and mysterious Marshall Osborne tells stories with a strong and positive message. Up In Heaven has a pop energy and a warm reggae influence; you’ll want to enjoy a sunny and warm day at the beach! Marshall Osborne tells the story about an elusive and breathtaking lady in red, reminding us to never look back and never listen to the masses while pursuing what makes us happy. Following our hearts will always lead us to this magical place where we feel truly at peace (well, hopefully).”


Metò | Not Mine

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Folk
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Metò is a Quebec City singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who moves through a multitude of tones and textures in his compositions. As his father fell seriously ill in 2019 and had to be taken care of until his passing, Metò decided to adjourn his reality in triumphant melodies of romanticized epiphanies. From his bedroom and a friend’s basement, he organically sewed a tunic of sound to produce his first EP Alstroemeria.”


Kwoon | Stratosfear

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Ambient.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’ve just recorded my last live track Stratosfear and launched my guitar into space 🙂 🙊🚀🎸”


Adrien Bocksruth | Turquoise

HOME BASE: Belgium.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “While piano has always had a place in my life, I can’t say the same about practising. I was a student at the conservatory from 10 to 12, but the strict codes of the institution put me off and drove me away from the music world. It wasn’t until 2020, after about 10 years away, that I returned to this instrument of infinite sounds, this time in my own way with my own rules. I’m not a pianist like the others, I just share what’s come to my mind. Turquoise is not only a colour, but also a precious stone. It helps us eliminate negativity. This is why I composed his piece with the same dynamics as a waltz, and like the colour, with a lot of pep and intensity. This song is the first single from my next album.”


Seyes | Shot It

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “We’re a French electro-pop duo with a message. You can kick back and enjoy our cinematic pop, or dive deeper and find meaning. Our first album was released just before the pandemic; now we’re back with a four-track EP. Shot It is an anti-gun song which uses dance and builds into a cathartic moment as a youth rising from the rubble of war and violence. The song adresses the people using guns in the name of God or individual liberty. We’re all connected, so using a gun is also like turning it directly to yourself.”


Distress of Ruin | Solace Of The Night

HOME BASE: Finland.
GENRE: Death-Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Distress of Ruin are an uncompromising melodic death metal group whose music springs from the storms of humanity. They are known for their unique blend of striking guitar riffs and beautiful melodies. Their music is inspired by the mysteries of nature, experience of time, emotions and loss of love.”


Relikc | Would You Ever

HOME BASE: Malta.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Relikc’s journey dates back to when the founding members were in their early teens. Their debut album The Code of Antics was released in 2017. It encapsulated their voyage up to that point, with a cocktail of rock, funk, soul and electropop, laced with heartfelt lyrics. Today, Relikc return with their latest single Would You Ever, a pop-rock cut with an electronic sound. This has become Relikc’s characteristic sound, as the band members have always shared a love for rock and funk music, while also being heavily influenced by the synth sounds of the 80s. Would You Ever pushes the electronic sound even further, with throbbing bass throttles and vintage synth sounds.”


Gifts From Crows | Remembering Who And What We Are

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Growing up and throughout our adult lives we put on many masks, play out many roles. But there comes a point when it is time to stop, to pull ourselves back and to remember who and what we are. This track was the lead single from my debut album Holding a Thought Forever.”


Maria Karakusheva | Lagrange Points

HOME BASE: Bulgaria.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A modern classical piano composer and instrumentalist, I have composed four albums of original music and three movie scores, and put on more than 100 concerts, including solo shows.”


KNGT | Rejoins Moi

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Alt-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “With our alt-rock, we reached over 200,000 streams and over 40,000 views after our first two releases. The new single Rejoins Moi confirms our determination by bringing a new dynamic. Here it is the best of us in an intense song with catchy choruses and powerful harmonies.”


Demoniac Youth | The Three Monkeys

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Demoniac Youth are an electro-pop group originally created in 1993, influenced by Wolfsheim, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, The Human League and Ultravox. Their new single The Three Monkeys is far from the honeyed songs you might hear on standard media. The subject is topical; it speaks of the unhealthy deviances of this society which only seek to divide for political and financial interests. This song is a revolt to make people open their eyes and return to the core values that created this world; values that our ancestors fought for in order to live together in oneness.”


Elica | Mayaz

HOME BASE: Reunion Island.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Born of a Malagasy father and mother from Reunion island, Elica is a world-pop artist at the intersection of multiple musical influences. She is an author and composer and her lyrics move between easily tackled topics and others that are way more engaged. A sparkling artist who asks only to share and make you discover her universe.”


Emmanuel Della Torre | Little Picking

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “A subtle trapper of the soul, Emmanuel Della Torre brings us inner treasures: Furs of the sweetest memories, fleeces of the worst moments, all found on his album Le Folk, l’Or et l’Horizon. “Is a dream a lie if it doesn’t come true?” asked Bruce Sprinsgsteen in The River. I don’t know by what miracle this little guitar tune reached the ears of The Boss, who then called me! Dream or reality? Who knows… Anyway, I made a folk song called Little Picking against a backdrop of wide open spaces, railway, and a telephone line for the horizon.”


Update | We’re Like Demons

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:We’re Like Demons is a single from our first album Humanity.”


Marion Brunelle | Viens

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Reggaeton.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This pop-reggaeton song features Venezuelian singer-songwriter JACE Carrillo. It’s energetic, danceable and romantic at the same time. The lyrics are in French and Spanish: Two romantic languages.”


Odd Sounds Project | Bliss (Spread The Love)

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Odd Sounds Project are a four-piece band from the French Alps. Formed in 2021, they have electro and rock influences. The band consists of Elisa Lisa (vocals), Lex Bono (guitar, backing vocals), Stan (bass) and Schwartz (drums/machines). Their lyrics are inspired by the complexities of human beings and by life’s manifold experiences. A four-track EP is already available and an album is being produced and recorded.”


Todz x RedPillTrill | Catch Me

HOME BASE: United Kingdom.
GENRE: Reggae-Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This is just one track in a tape of 12. If you like this, we have 11 more.”


Ote Mansion | CPMV

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ote Mansion are a French group of rappers, singers, clip makers, beatmakers, etc. They create everything by themselves. Their goal is to separate themselves from others by their sincerity and their style. CPMV is a track from their Mansion Tape, released on Nov. 12. Featuring Lyre and Soluza on a production by FrenchBoi, this song is a perfect mix between all their influences.”


Clintiss | Austère Oyster

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Clintiss creates rich, rhythmic piano music full of reliefs and variations. “For me,” explains Clintiss, “composing a piano solo piece is the fruit of a long journey and a lot of hard work… My personal challenge was to create a piano language that I couldn’t manage to find or hear anywhere else, a fusion between the demanding classical technique and the different musical repertoires that have influenced me over the years — classical, symphonic, pop, electronic music… I hope to have succeeded in developing something unique, sometimes a little peculiar, straddling several worlds.”


Willow Woodward | Fade

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Willow Woodward is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Chatham, Mass. In 2020 she released her first album Hideaway, spanning a broad range of styles and influences touching on pop, dance, country and ballads. In November 2021 she released her followup Daybreak. The six-song collection finds her in a more contemplative, introspective mood. As she says: “During lockdown, I think we all went through periods of melancholy, and at these times I found myself looking more to my guitar rather than piano for creative outlet. I’d been listening to a lot of great country music, and found the guitar and the storytelling framework of country songs to be a good match in expressing my musical ideas.” The album opens with the upbeat anthem Fade, an ode to the power and impermanence of summer love.”


Lilago | Aux Larmes Citoyens

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Originally from Paris, I released my first single in the late ’80s. I’ve been writing and singing since that time. My goal today is to write songs that are taken and developed by more-recognized artists.”


Disorientation | Nature

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Disorientation are a dark symphonic metal project created by Marie-Claude Fleury (vocals / guitars / oboe / drum programming) and Daniel Daris (bass / guitar). They released a self-titled EP in September. They say: “We strive to combine the abrasiveness of old death/thrash metal with the symphonic elements introduced by European bands in the late ’90s / early ’00s to create depressive music with simple riffs that go for emotion and a vocal delivery that can be harsh, vulnerable, and everything in between. This project’s goal is to be the extreme opposite of what most metal bands try to reach, by using and putting the human element forward. We avoid predetermined chord progressions, verse-chorus-verse-chorus structures, and the separateness between clean and distorted vocals to create songs that are disconcerting, unpolished, dissonant, unique and memorable. Nature is about the dark side of the wilderness, landscapes, and untouched land.”


MarcanT | Coeur De Pierre

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Rap.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “This song is my dowry.”


Scott AF | No Sounds

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: EDM.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Raised as a mid-western gentleman, Mr. Fleenor is adapting very well to his new home in Denver. As a producer and singer-songwriter, Scott AF is a very inspirational and humorous fellow. He’s always pushing people to be their greatest and will have you belly laughing at least once if you meet him. No Sounds was written and produced by Censored X and Scott AF.”


Exiit | Periodic Relaunch

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Psychedelic Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Exiit are a musical collective created in Caen at the beginning of the 21st century, by three men. Periodic Relaunch is ambitious and reckless. Welcome to a 24-minute musical adventure.”


Ana E. La Muñeca | Notice

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: R&B / Soul.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Ana E. La Muñeca is a Puerto Rican / Mexican-American songstress whose passion for music comes from her need to connect with people and help others through difficult times. She hopes to use music as a way to help people from all walks of life to feel inspired, confident and included. Her debut single Notice is an atmospheric R&B song with melodious acoustic guitar, analog synth embellishments backed by percussion influences and feel good drums. She says: “Whenever I sing this song, I get an immediate boost of confidence and that’s what I want everybody to feel when they listen to it. I want people to feel empowered when they need to tell someone they’re overstepping boundaries.”


Reno McCarthy | Nothing Less, Nothing More

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Indie-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “With the youthful sparkle of his 2019 debut album Counterglow, Montreal alternative-pop artist Reno McCarthy quickly gained recognition for his strong songwriting and somewhat debonair quality as well as his electric live shows. Unexpected events led McCarthy to a surprising stopover in 2020. Following the loss of his father, the artist recorded a truly warm and personal EP. Moving, raw and of great profoundness, Angels Watching Us Dance saw the artist at his most stripped-down and strikingly sensitive. McCarthy now returns with Run Up River. Gritty, timeless and adventurous, his second full-length record is a carefully crafted yet unfiltered take on insecurity, frustration and comfort. In a time when irreverence and vulnerability are inevitable, Reno McCarthy’s songs are instantly relatable.”


Den Paq | Trouble

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Instrumental Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Iam an author, composer and performer. Welcome to my musical universe. When sun arrives into your eyes. I will be with you all your life.”


Soul.I.Am | Choices (I)

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Rap.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I’m not the typical type to write an official bio so here it is: I’m a guy from Montreal. I’m 27 years old. I’ve been doing music for three years now. I was writing poems at 16. At 21 years old, one of my friends told me that I could not just be a ghostwriter. So I studied the game for years before releasing my first songs in 2018. The support was so big I just had to keep on going and here we are today!”


Dr. Feel | You Are Beautiful (Afro Take ft. Zhane)

HOME BASE: South Africa.
GENRE: Synth-Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Dr. Feel is a DJ and music producer from Johannesburg. Active in the music industry since the late 2000s, versatile, flexible and unique, he has worked with rappers, singers and other producers, ranging over any musical genre. Inspired by boom bap, traditional African songs, orchestra and indie rock, he has explored the traditional Zulu Imbube, hip-hop and Kwaito choral genre. For Nile, his debut EP, he carries on his marriage of free-flowing creativity with his wife Zhane, an Afrobeat and trapsoul singer. Together they created two versions the track You Are Beautiful, born to turn it a negative moment into a positive one with the help of music.”


Low Gear | It’s My Train

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Low Gear formed in Dallas for the purpose of delivering loud heavy metal music to the world. Their New CD Siktunes Redux has just been released.”


LohArano | Lohamboto

HOME BASE: Madagascar.
GENRE: Alt-Metal.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:LohArano’s style merges rock and Malagasy rhythmsto create a new sound of metal. Their self-titled debut EP was released in spring 2020 and affirms the mixed heritage that created their story. It’s a parable of Malagasy’s past, present and future identity, told through bubbling rock fusion combining electric guitars and mystical sounds in an homage to nature and the Big Island. LohArano deliver a message like an incantation to drive out the negatitivy around you and call for a consciencious awakening. Hear the roar of the new generation.”


Blind Season | Halloween

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Alt-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Rock ’n’ roll and turbulent relationships have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. The origins of Blind Season are no different. Beginning with a ragtag group on an evening involving the smashing of a mutual friend’s car, Blind Season went through different incarnations until founding guitarist Shane Sigro was faced with the ultimate decision between succumbing to normalcy or proving naysayers wrong. Choosing the latter, Sigro doubled down by taking vocal lessons and penning the new music that would breathe life into the new era of Blind Season. Their upcoming album is an ode to loneliness and toxicity, with songs that feel ripped from Billy Corgan’s diary and featured in a film by Tim Burton.”


Paulius Vilkas | Above And Beyond Concrete Walls

HOME BASE: Lithuania.
GENRE: Instrumental Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Above and Beyond Concrete Walls is an instrumental piece heavily inspired by games such as Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon, and indie-rock pieces such as Shuffle by Bombay Bicycle Club. I have been working on this project for at least nine months now. This is my second release to date.”


Melanie MacLaren | Pushing Daisies

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Indie-Folk.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Described as Joni Mitchell meets Phoebe Bridgers, Melanie MacLaren takes on the longstanding folk tradition of writing about everyday life, but through a modern lens, finding beauty and transcendence in the mundane and even profane aspects of the human experience. Growing up in New York and moving to Nashville in 2020 MacLaren’s music is not so much rooted in a place and time as it is suspended, caught between worlds — dreamlike and hyper-realistic, timeless and contemporary. Pushing Daisies is an atmospheric and haunting song that highlights her talent for poetic lyricism and ability to twist the conventions of genre on their head. What starts as a seemingly simple, meditative portrait of an acoustic singer-songwriter builds into a modern stream-of-consciousness ballad — emotional catharsis against crashing and urgent drums.”


Kayta | Maui Jim

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Pop.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “As an artist who sings from her soul, Montreal’s Kayta is a dreamy singer-songwriter who is effortlessly cool. A Latin and Slavic woman, Kayta gets her music inspirations from her distinct background. After releasing three singles independently in 2019, she is coming back strong with Maui Jim, a dreamy pop-electro jam that opens the way to a first album in 2022.”


OYS | Consommer

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Pop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Author, composer and performer, OYS is a sweet mystery whose eclectic inspirations can surprise. She enjoys telling stories through powerful sound and visual universes, like David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch. Her latest EP is the perfect mixture of soul, jazz and hip-hop. The dreamy synths will bring you into another dimension. She has a sensual voice and loves to mix English and French because she loves to have you wonder. She composes and produces her beats. Her lyrics are based on true experiences. “I started writing this song when I was at my brother’s house in New York after a discussion with a friend of hers. She told me that it was very hard to create deep, genuine relationships here, that Americans ‘consumed’ people. It echoed the situation I was in at that time, I had just separated from my boyfriend and tried to face my demons and my emotions.”


Chris Claixt | 66’s Road Trip

HOME BASE: France.
GENRE: Electronica.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “I would like to share my musical creative universe: to offer a short moment of intense disconnection through a singular sound journey in this world where every second is counted ….


Kelsey Blackstone | Lay You Down

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Soul / R&B.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Kelsey has spent a collective 18 years being a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano and cello along with her vocal training. The United Nations and the Berklee College of Music have given her awards and honors for her songs for social change. Kelsey uses music of the ’60s and ’70s as inspiration to her exciting, diverse, soul-pop sound. Lay You Down has a ’70s retro feel, funky bass lines, a badass electric violin solo and drums that were recorded in a boiler room.”


Polarity Code | With Unbound Spirit

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Neo-Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “As a first-generation American whose parents migrated from India, Seattle songwriter Saral Navlakha has spent his life trying to find an authentic balance between two contrasting cultures. This dichotomy is at the core of Polarity Code, a project that explores themes about personal desires vs. societal norms, separation vs. connection, resignation vs. perseverance and confusion vs. clarity. Like the themes he explores, Saral’s music is also rooted in contrast, incorporating elements from diverse genres such as classical, electronic, and rock. This blend of styles bonds to create an original identity that is unique from its underlying parts. The result is a type of music that is powerful and energetic while simultaneously deep and introspective. The instrumental With Unbound Spirit is a narrative that draws inspiration from epic soundtracks. Incorporating melancholic piano, lush strings/pads, anthemic brass, and groovy drums, the track takes the listener on an emotional adventure that begins with uncertainty and ends with triumphant euphoria.”


Peggy James | I Go With Me

HOME BASE: United States.
GENRE: Folk-Rock.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Peggy James was born in Milwaukee but spent her formative years in the Southwest. The desert influences all of her songs, allowing her style to be unique and eclectic. Her lyrics are honest and direct, shooting straight from the heart. Her voice, clear and sweet, can get tough and rock with the best of them. Peggy has five albums to her credit. Her latest album Paint Still Wet crosses the borders of many genres with grace. From roots twang to world pop she continues to be a pleasant surprise to even the most discriminating Americana music fan.”


Racasse | Blanc Nuage

HOME BASE: Canada.
GENRE: Hip-Hop.
THE TRANSLATED & EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE:Blanc Nuage is the fifth track on Racasse’s album Exposition. Racasse and Gabb are beatmakers who wander between jazz and hip-hop, producing music inspired by old vinyl records. The infused this album of nighttime and urban atmosphere with a jazzy lo-fi touch.”


Emma Moore & Klara Hornig | Viktor Ullmann: Fünf Liebeslieder nach Ricarda Huch, op. 26: 4. Wenn je ein Schönes mir zu bilden glückte

HOME BASE: Germany.
GENRE: Classical.
THE EDITED BIO & PRESS RELEASE: “Australian soprano Emma Moore has a broad range of experience as a performer, with a repertoire spanning across opera, oratorio and art song. Berlin accompanist and chamber musician Klara Hornig has focused on making music in partnership since early on in her career. Exploring the relationship between poetry and music is a fundamental goal of her work, and over the past years she has established herself as a partner of many soloists. In their new album, Moore and Hornig present a richly coloured collection of late romantic songs by Claude Debussy, Clemens Krauss and Viktor Ullmann.”


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