Café Prückel, 2008
Tuplev shipped into its new harbour, a sphere of classic, jazz and experimental music. Still, one can notice the prior involvement with post-rock of the band from Mödling when listening to the smouldering song structures of the songs on ‘Memories of Björn Bolssen’. There is neither something like a climax nor are there repeating song patterns as known from pop songs but there are long parts that radiate enthusiasm, leaving the audience breathless when experienced in their intense live shows. In opposition to these days trends the electronics are embedded gently. Their 2005 release on the netlabel 12rec includes their probably most distinct track ‘Dot’, a simple chorus recorded with friends of the band, which illustrates the essence of Tupolev. Even when at first glance it seems that Tupolev is all about mathematically arranged sound patterns, there is still warmth and field recording flair hidden behind their compositions. Nevertheless Tupolev is head music. The members of Tupolev are involved with various side projects that can be explored on their website.
Café Prückel was built in the Ringstraße-style, a certain variety of Historism in Vienna. Ringstraße leads ringlike around the inner city and is lined by some of Vienna’s finest historic buildings. Café Prückel is in one of them with the MAK (Museum for Applied and Contemporary Arts), the University of Applied Arts and the Stadtpark (City Park) close-by. It opened in 1903 and was redesigned by the architect and designer Oswald Haerdtl in the Fifties. Partly remodelled in Art Nouveau Style, the rest was newly-arranged with exclusive Fifties interior. Offering several national and international newspapers, traditional Viennese cuisine, home-made pastries and cakes and the lot of Viennese coffee specialities – that are served with a traditional glass of water –, Café Prückel belongs to the classics of Viennese Kaffeehaus (coffeehouse) tradition. Readings, live piano-music or card-playing in the Golden Hall on some evenings contribute to its classy atmosphere.