Stella Sommer photograph by Manuel Gehrke

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the singer, songwriter and lyricist from German band Die Heiterkeit who is just about to release their first solo album “13 Kinds of Happiness”. The album features collaborations with members of the band Messer and own band mates Hanitra Wagner and Philipp Wulf plus a cameo from Dirk Von Lowtzow, lead singer of the band Tocotronic, whose live performance on MTV Europe’s Alternative Nation I once produced.

Atmospherically reminiscent of “Stella Maris” era Einsturzende Neubaten meets Dead Can Dance, happiness is definitely tempered by a haunted catatonic stare into the abyss on the album opener and title track,  and although the mood lifts like a rising fog from a concrete harbour, the distinctive vocals of today’s guest are definitely witchy, and bewitching. Welcome to Velvet Sheep, the ice cold, granite sharp, resplendently beautiful tones of Stella Sommer.

What song by someone else has given Stella a kind of happiness lately? Without further ado, here’s Stella’s “song for ewe”…

“A song I’ve been listening to today is “Kimono Hill” by my friend Sophia Kennedy.

Ever since I’ve first heard her play the song live a couple of years ago it’s been stuck in the back of my head. I don’t know what it is about the song, I guess it’s got to do with the general vibe and and how “open” the lyrics are in a way.

Sophia doesn’t need a lot of words to draw a beautiful picture. And I guess that’s one of her major skills. Right next to being a great singer and musician of course.

Having known the song for quite a while now, I’m still not sure what kind of magical place “Kimono Hill” is but I’m sure I would want to live there.”


“13 Kinds Of Happiness” is out on 10th August on Affairs of the Heart Records

You can pre-order it here…