• Daniel Avery

  • nonpareils

    Nonpareils

  • Daniel Blumberg

  • Chris Liebing

    Chris Liebing

  • ShadowParty

    ShadowParty

  • K Á R Y Y N

    K Á R Y Y N

  • The Pop Group

    The Pop Group

  • GUO

  • HAAi

  • The Acid

  • Molly Millions

    Molly Millions

  • Plastikman

  • Visionist

  • New Order

    New Order

  • Lost Under Heaven

    Lost Under Heaven

  • A Certain Ratio

    A Certain Ratio

  • Goldfrapp

    Goldfrapp

  • Lee Ranaldo

    Lee Ranaldo

  • Nicolas Bougaïeff

  • Liars

    Liars

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire

  • S.C.U.M —
    Amber Hands

  • José González —
    Vestiges & Claws

  • ADULT. —
    Detroit House Guests

  • Moby —
    Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Hai!

  • Yeasayer —
    Longevity

  • Looper —
    These Things

  • Goldfrapp —
    Silver Eye

  • Daniel Avery —
    Slow Fade EP

  • Cold Specks —
    I Predict a Graceful Expulsion

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Yashar

  • Yeasayer —
    Fragrant World

  • Yeasayer —
    Amen & Goodbye

  • New Order —
    Music Complete: Remix EP

  • Silicon Teens —
    Music for Parties

  • Beth Jeans Houghton —
    Sweet Tooth Bird

  • VCMG —
    Aftermaths EP3

  • Moderat —
    III

  • Swans —
    The Great Annihilator

  • Moby —
    This Wild Darkness

  • Fever Ray —
    IDK About You

  • Daniel Avery —
    Slow Fade

  • Fever Ray —
    Wanna Sip

  • Moby —
    Like A Motherless Child

  • Fever Ray —
    To The Moon And Back

  • Liars —
    Staring At Zero

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Moroccan Mountains

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Thrown Over The Wall

  • Liars —
    Cred Woes

  • Ben Frost —
    Threshold Of Faith

  • ADULT. —
    Uncomfortable Positions (feat. Lun*na Menoh)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    New Thing

  • Erasure —
    World Be Gone

  • Erasure —
    Love You To The Sky

  • Can —
    Dizzy Dizzy (The Singles Pt. 2)

  • Can —
    She Brings The Rain (The Singles Pt. 1)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Circular (Right As Rain)

  • ADULT. —
    We Are A Mirror (feat. Douglas J McCarthy)

  • Lift To Experience —
    Falling From Cloud 9

Pole

Has announced the brand new album FADING

Pole (aka Stefan Betke) announces details of a new album, out on 6th November, and shares the first track, ‘Röschen’.

Check out ‘Röschen’ here:

Fading is set for release on Mute on 6 November 2020. Available on vinyl, CD and digitally, the new album follows Mute’s remastered reissues of his groundbreaking trilogy, 1 2 3, at the beginning of the year. “Every Pole record connects to recordings that I’ve made before,” Betke explains. “In order to stay in this kind of vertical development, the ideas from 1,2,3 up to now are connected. I keep the interesting elements, languages and vocabulary that I designed and add new elements.”

The exploration of one’s own history relates to the inspiration for Fading. “The album was mostly inspired by the idea of memory loss,” explains Betke. “My mum had dementia and I saw her losing all the memory that she had accumulated over her 91 long years. When losing that memory it turned into what she was probably like in the beginning of her life when she was born – like an empty box.”

A concept album this is not however. The role of memory loss was simply a springboard for Betke, an idea for the Berlin based artist to further explore through sound. “It was the motor for moving in this direction,” he says. “So for the opening track, ‘Drifting’, there is the idea of a whole lifespan that starts pretty empty and it gets fuller and then it ends with this kind of bell sound in the background. Or ‘Fading’, the last track, deals with the idea of fading away and disappearing slowly. But you always leave something. You leave a feeling or an image or an atmosphere. Everybody who lives leaves something on this earth.”

This approach gave Betke the opportunity to reconnect with his own memory and past. “You can hear some little pops and glitches in the background of this recording, which is a direct reference to the trilogy,” he says. “But you hear it relatively quietly in the background, this is a little bit of a sign from me, as my history is fading away slowly too.”  

Due to the multifaceted nature of Betke, the end result is an album that feels as suited for immersive headphone listening as it does to being pummelled out through a PA loud enough to feel the bass rattle your ribcage.

It may have begun life with the embrace of an accident – Pole is named after a broken Waldorf 4-Pole filter that gave him the distinct sound – but over the years it has morphed and transitioned into a finely tuned and honed project with a deft yet potent sense of evolution. Accidents are, however, still something to be cherished in Betke’s world; the striking artwork for the album being a prime example.  “During a super heavy thunderstorm my TV broke down and I couldn’t see anything for 10 minutes,” he says. “As my screen was trying to recover it looked very strange. I took hundreds of pictures and when I was going through the photos, I saw these three where there are people coming into the image and fading out at the end. They look like oil paintings, and the fading away process is remade in the trilogy of these photos.”

So the presentation of the final album merges a perfect blend of considered craft with an unpredictable accident – much like the trilogy that started all this off. 

FADING TRACKLISTING

Drifting

Tangente

Erinnerung

Traum

Tölpel

Röschen

Nebelkrähe

Fading

Pre-order the album here: https://mute.ffm.to/Fading

Röschen: https://youtu.be/Ykz3-1Eydkk

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RECENT PRAISE FOR 1 2 3

THE OBSERVER Artist of the Week – “calming abstract minimal genius” – 5*

THE WIRE “Some of the most suggestive and poetic electronic music of its time.”

MOJO Reissue of the Month – “There’s no surface, all depth: magic, emphatically, happens”

UNCUT – “Stefan Betke’s totemic dub trilogy still songs as though he conjured these ghostly recordings out of the ether, an act of studio sorcery never to be repeated.”

POLE ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY

1 (1998)

2 (1999)

3 (2000)

R (2001)

Pole (2003)

Steingarten (2007)

Wald (2015)

www.pole-music.com

https://soundcloud.com/pole-original

www.mute.com




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