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Hacke, Alexander & Danielle De Picciotto - Menetekel (2lp)
Hacke, Alexander & Danielle De Picciotto - Menetekel (2lp)
Potomak | LP | 30

Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto. Both are legends of their own making> Daniellede Picciotto moved from New York to Berlin in 1987, to become the lead singer of the band ,Space Cowboys",coinitiatorof the Love Parade, a collaborator of the Ocean Club with Gudrun Gut, and Alexander's partner in crime.Alexander Hacke is an original member and the bass player of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten. The artist couple,romantically married in 2006, has creatively interacted with countless international projects for almost two decadesnow besides regularly releasing their own compositions.Their live shows are, to put it mildly, intense. Danielle specialises in unusual instruments such as the Hurdy Gurdy,the Autoharp and the Kemen/e besides playing the violin and piano< Alexander is master of the bass, guitar anddrums. Together they create beautiful, existentialistic, acoustic soundscapes, which roar and vibrate simultaneously 2leaving their audiences shaken but overjoyed. Danielle, author of two books, writes most of their lyrics, be it inmoments of poetic spoken word or in the momentous choirs they compose together. Alexander Hacke, an excellentvocalist and throat singer, growls his gnarly, rumbling cries that float eerily over their nomadic desert drones, withscreeching birds, bees or wild gusts of wind accompanying slow, heavy riffs that start as a whisper and end in avolcanic, rolling wave of apocalyptic frenzy. The collage of this mixed with melancholic, translucent harmonies, veryheavy and low bass chords, and electronics are a mesmerising universe of sound and emotion which has generatedan ever growing group of enthusiastic listeners."Menetekel" is the name of their new album and it is darker than their last masterpiece "Perseverantia". The title isanother word for "the writing on the wall" and the artist couple is projecting our collective despair of what ishappening worldwide momentarily into a monumental symphony of sound, twirling and twisting it into a biblicalfrenzy. The first song on the double LP whispers in harmony and sings> "Welcome to my home, welcome to myheart" but very quickly the shadows grow deeper and the mood becomes wilder, the trumpets sound and the fall of"Jericho" is eminent, or is it the exile from Paradise_ Danielle ^ Alexander gave up their home in Berlin in 2010 andhave been touring the world ever since trying to find a sanctuary comparable to the artists haven the city used tobe in the eighties. But times have changed and it is each to his own now. The icy winds blowing are everywhereand thousands of homeless souls are wandering our roads, their personal search becoming a universal cry fordeliverance. "The great rains have begun" Danielle exclaims on the second last track of the album "Prophecy", awhirlwind of oriental and western sounds dancing with each other faster and faster until they are morphed into theminimal and last song of the album "Crossroad". The symbolic and spiritual questions asked supply an unusualdepth to the album, giving it a universal and very poignant touch of the human quest. "Standing on the crossroad.Cause and Effect. Our reaction is the only one in nature which has a choice".On the D side of the double album isa twenty minute sound installation that hackedepicciotto were invited to compose in an old church in Austria. Theydecided to inspect the church as a child would, with no preconceived thoughts or answers, treating it as the oddhouse of a distant giant. Interestingly the architectural influence of the ancient walls inspired a couple ofphilosophical thoughts, which could bring light into the shadowy depths of modern times. In an overwhelming choirof many voices the two artists sing> "The echo depends on where you stand".

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