LAIBACH ANNOUNCE PARTY SONGS EP
OUT ON 12” VINYL AND DIGITALLY 22 NOVEMBER | PRE-ORDER: SMARTURL.IT/L-PS
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST TRACK HERE
LAIBACH, in collaboration with Silence, have announced a six-track EP, Party Songs, featuring unpublished tracks from the repertoire of the band’s 2015 performances in North Korea, as documented by Morten Traavik and Uģis Olte’s ‘Liberation Day’ film (2016).
Mute will release the EP on 12” and digitally on 22 November 2019, coinciding with a series of events throughout November in Tel Aviv, curated by Nordic fellow engineers of human souls Traavik.info. The events include a live performance from Laibach, film screenings and the opening of an exhibition of photographs – including those by Mute’s Daniel Miller of the band’s historic performance in DPRK in 2015. Full details below.
Watch the video – filmed earlier this year at the prestigious Cankarjev dom venue in Ljubljana – for ‘Honourable, Dead or Alive, When Following the Revolutionary Road’, the first track to be taken from the EP: https://youtu.be/UNJS0uSBcms
‘Honourable, Dead or Alive, When Following the Revolutionary Road’ is based
on an aria from the classic North Korean revolutionary opera Tell, O Forest (1972), one of five
famous revolutionary operas in the DPRK, written and produced under the
guidance of the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. Laibach’s re-interpretation
was prepared for the 2015 Liberation Day concert in Ponghwa
Theatre in Pyongyang, but deemed too “confusing” by the North Korean
hosts and struck from the concert repertoire. The band later performed
a version of the same song Kum Song Music School, arranged by the students
of the school.
‘Arirang’ is all-Korean folk song, performed by Laibach in Pyongyang, estimated to be more than 600 years old and often considered the unofficial national anthem of North and South Korea. There are about 3,600 variations of 60 different versions of the song, and it’s included twice on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list after both South and North Korea submitted it on different occasions.
‘We Will Go to Mount Paektu’ is a pop hit, originally performed by the by the all-female Moranbong band, supposedly created under the creative guidance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. A seemingly innocuous and upbeat ode to the joys of mountain trekking, the song is in fact deeply political and patriotic as Mount Paektu (Korean: Paektusan) is both the “holy mountain” of the ruling Kim dynasty, and the mythological birthplace of the Korean people 5000 years ago. At the hopeful suggestion of the North Korean hosts, Laibach recorded an English-language cover version but upon hearing the results, State censors swiftly requested the song be removed from the repertoire out of concern that the local audience would react with “confusion, anger and mayhem”.
PARTY SONGS – TRACKLIST
1 – Honourable, Dead or Alive, When Following the Revolutionary Road (Arduous March Version)
2 – Honourable, Dead or Alive, When Following the Revolutionary Road (Single Hearted Unity Version)
3 – We Will Go to Mount Paektu
4 – Arirang (Live at Kum Song Music School, Pyongyang)
5 – Honourable, Dead or Alive, When Following the Revolutionary Road (Live at Kum Song Music School, Pyongyang)
6 – We Will Go to Mount Paektu (Live at Ponghwa Theatre, Pyongyang)
LAIBACH NOVEMBER EVENTS – TEL AVIV
1-20 Nov – The Art Of Liberation: Cultural Clashes and Exchanges in A State of Siege – Behind the scenes photo exhibition of the documentaries ‘Liberation Day’ & ‘War of Art’ – Tel Aviv Cinematheque
21 Nov – Party Songs EP launch and exhibition featuring photographs by Daniel Miller. Valnoir and Joerund F.Pedersen – 6.30pm Studio Bank Gallery, Tel Aviv
21 Nov – Liberation Day screening plus Q&A – with director Morten Traavik and Laibach’s spokesperson, Ivan Novak. 9pm – Tel Aviv Cinematheque
22 Nov – War of Art screening – new documentary on extreme cultural diplomacy in North Korea with protagonist Morten Traavik Q&A
2pm – Tel Aviv Cinematheque
22 Nov – LAIBACH LIVE IN CONCERT
10pm – Reading 3
22 Nov – Laibach afterparty with Daniel Miller DJ set – 1am Alphabet Club
RECENT PRAISE FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC
“… stirring, funny and thought provoking” – The Guardian
“Playful, poignant, sublime and ridiculous, in The Sound Of Music Laibach continue to hold up a mirror to a divided world.” – The Quietus
“A version of The Sound of Music that you can march to” – New Internationalist
“… perceptive recasting of the beloved 1965 Julie Andrews musical” – MOJO
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