HACKEDEPICCIOTTO, ALEXANDER HACKE & DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THREE REISSUES ON MUTE
ALL AVAILABLE ON 28 APRIL 2023
hackedepicciotto – Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & the City Solution) and Danielle de Picciotto (co-founder of Love Parade / Space Cowboys / Crime & the City Solution) – have announced details of three reissues, Perseverantia, Menetekel and The Current, all due out on vinyl and CD on 28 April 2023.
hackedepicciotto’s debut album, Perseverantia (meaning endurance and persistence), was originally released in 2016. Recorded in the Mojave Desert, California, Perseverantia is an album of mesmerising soundscapes the hypnotic hurdy-gurdy, ether-plucking harp, eerie violin and gritty bass and guitar. These are paired with Hacke’s throat singing and spoken words from de Picciotto throughout the album, with the main lyrical focus “Perseverantia ad finem optatum” chanted throughout the title track, emphasising that “to successfully achieve a positive goal we need one thing above all, endurance.”
Menetekel, hackedepicciotto’s third studio album, has been out of print since its original pressing in 2017. An altogether darker album, Mentetekel sees the duo convert a collective worldwide despair into a “monumental symphony of sound, twirling and twisting it into a biblical frenzy”. Side D of the double LP is a recording of a sound installation from an Austrian church that hackedepicciotto were invited to compose in. Here the two artists sing “the echo depends on where you stand”, channelling philosophical thoughts inspired by the architectural influence of the ancient walls, shedding light onto the shadowy depths of modern times.
Originally released in 2020, their fourth studio album, The Current, sees hackedepicciotto gaining speed and energy from their previous releases. Beautiful violin harmonies and choirs can be heard throughout the entire record, creating the perfect soundtrack for what the band describe as “an apocalyptic feature-length film, hopefully with a happy ending.”
These reissues follow the release of 2021’s album for Mute, The Silver Threshold. Described as their “most symphonic” album to date, The Silver Threshold is expansive and exploratory, reflecting the endless movement across places, landscapes and environments the pair have experienced. They glide across genres that take in cinematic drone, industrial, experimental, spoken word and soundscapes that shift between immersive ambient into noisy eruptions. “It has this largeness of the situation that we’re all in,” says De Picciotto. “hackedepicciotto albums have always been reflective of their environment and this is no different.”