“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 guests are a couple who’s music is amniotic in its fluidity and symbiotic in its creation. It’s hard to see where one part of the art begins or ends, such is its elliptical yet sometimes malevolent, post modern yet medieval majesty.
The new album of Alexander Hacke & Danielle De Picciotto in their guise as hackedepicciotto is called “The Silver Threshold” (out now on Mute Records). It’s album artwork, a stark piece of brutalistic beauty shot by bona fide character Sven Marquardt, photographer and notorious bouncer of the infamous Berghain club in Berlin, was the genesis of this whole piece of remarkable work, inspiring the industrialist yet hypnotically shamanic vibes and also directly feeding into the music video for “Kirchhain”.
Hacke & De Picciotto both have impeccable sonically storied pasts. Hacke’s Einstürzende Neubauten credentials are well understood but both have played in Crime & The City Solution and Danielle, a member of the Space Cowboys when she moved from the US to Germany later co-founded the celebrated Love Parade festival and was also a collaborator in the Ocean Club with Gudrun Gut.
Together, their music is trascendent, symphonic and powerful, entrancing. It’s a quasi religious experience, a slight deliverance from impending doom, perhaps inspired by the poisonous encroachment of the global pandemic. The beacon of hope is their absolute togetherness. In the song “Evermore” for the first time in their decades of collaboration, the pair sing of romatic love and it’s a real spine tingling moment.
Given their unity of thought and action, it’s perhaps to be expected that they would choose a well studied, jointly conceived musical pick for our series.
The rising clanking chaos of songs like “Trebbus” took me back to the Skull Defekts album “Street Metal” which I reviewed on tQ a while back, so their choice by a man whose murkily mystic guest fingerprints were all over that record, isn’t perhaps such a huge surprise, but a welcome one nonetheless…without further ado, here is Alexander and Danielle’s “song for ewe”…
“We absolutely love Daniel Higgs!
He started out as the singer for Baltimore’s Post-Hardcore enigma Lungfish, was a tattoo artist and recorded a lot of music under his name on various formats. He is a true mystic, a poet, incredible self-taught musician, multi-instrumentalist and visionary. He even released an entire album with pieces for the jews-harp! He too is in a band with his partner: Fumie Ishii and Daniel formed a duo they call Fountainsun, which is fantastic also. Here he is by himself though, playing his longneck banjo on his seminal album “Say God””
THANKS SO MUCH TO ALEXANDER AND TO DANIELLE, AND TO ZOE MILLER OF ZOPF PR.
“The Silver Threshold” is out now…
here’s another video from it, for the aforementioned song “Evermore”…