Born in East Berlin to celebrated actor Klaus-Peter Thiele and painter Rosemarie Rautenberg, Valeska Rautenberg grew up living and breathing creativity and has followed that path throughout her life. She started working as an actress at the age of eleven and kept starring in movies and TV shows on and off for 10 years while at school and later at university. However as a teenager she discovered her true love, music, which has remained her passion ever since. She studied music at Humboldt University Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. She has gone on to tour with bands, become a dedicated music teacher, and release music of different genres on various labels. Besides collaborating with international artists, Valeska also co-wrote the hit single Trick & Kubik feat. Valeska – “Easy”, showcased in the finale of Heidi Klum’s show “Germany’s Next Topmodel”.
“All Is Forgotten” is the second single from Valeska Rautenberg’s “Aerial Minds” EP, and the follow up to the first single “Midnight Children”. The new single is a work of organic, exquisite beauty and patience. Hopefully it doesn’t slip beneath the grasp of society and lay underground, waiting for people to unearth it.
This severe underrating would be near criminal, as Valeska once again excels and pushes the limits of perfection to a new level. Heard across the gentle piano driven tones, there is not a single word in the English dictionary that can accurately describe Valeska Rautenberg’s voice.
Beautiful, celestial, ethereal, entrancing, rapturous, arresting and breathtaking may be fairly fitting descriptions of her vocals, yet there is not a single word that can do Valeska justice.
There really is no point in pointing anyone to a certain song in her catalogue as a reference to where she shines, as her utter consistency to produce amazing vocal efforts is frighteningly recurrent.
She sings her lyrics with such nuance and immersion you can literally feel Valeska’s soul and spirit wrap itself around you like plush fleece blanket on a cold winter’s night.
“All Is Forgotten” is quite simply a thing of sublime splendor. Between melody, counter-melody and sweetly intricate harmonies, Valeska shows off a subtle bohemian spirit and a deep appreciation of simple, pastoral beauty.
She chooses minimalism and introspection over the clogged, packed sound preferred by today’s crop of artists – and the end effect is as hypnotic as anything in her catalogue. Once again, Valeska finds a new sonic world to operate in, and makes an effortlessly great song that works both as a standalone as well as a part of a conceptually cohesive whole.
Valeska Rautenberg’s celebration of simplicity is magnificently covered here, along with her keen eye for storytelling: “Like a sleeping giant / I reside in my mind / 108 steps away from what I need.” “All Is Forgotten” is a reminder of the very potent lust for creative art that Valeska has always exhibited in her music. This is essential listening.