• JakoJako

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    Red Mecca

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    The Living Legends

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    Live At The Lyceum

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    Cabaret Voltaire 1974-76

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    2x45

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    The Original Sound Of Sheffield '78 / '82 Best Of

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    Live At The YMCA 27.10.79.

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    Mix-Up

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    Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire

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    Hai!

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    Yashar

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    Sweet Tooth Bird

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    Yours Truly Cellophane Nose

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    This Wild Darkness

  • Fever Ray —
    IDK About You

  • Daniel Avery —
    Slow Fade

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    Wanna Sip

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    Like A Motherless Child

  • Fever Ray —
    To The Moon And Back

  • Liars —
    Staring At Zero

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    Moroccan Mountains

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    Thrown Over The Wall

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    Cred Woes

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    Threshold Of Faith

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    Uncomfortable Positions (feat. Lun*na Menoh)

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    New Thing

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    World Be Gone

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    Love You To The Sky

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    Dizzy Dizzy (The Singles Pt. 2)

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    She Brings The Rain (The Singles Pt. 1)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Circular (Right As Rain)

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

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    Falling From Cloud 9

Laibach

Announce Details Of A New Album Wir Sind Das Volk (Ein Musical Aus Deutschland)

OUT 25 MARCH 2022

LISTEN TO A TRACK HERE

LAIBACH have announced details of a new album, Wir sind das Volk (ein Musical aus Deutschland), due out on Mute on 25 March as a deluxe CD with extensive sleeve notes, and digitally – with the double vinyl following on 10 June 2022.

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

Listen to ‘Ich will ein Deutscher sein’:

The album collates music from the acclaimed theatrical production Wir sind das Volk (“We are the People”), which premiered at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) theatre in Berlin on 8 Feb 2020. Two more shows were performed, before the production was halted due to the pandemic. In 2021 Laibach opened the Klagenfurt Festival with a Slovenian version of the same production and performed two more sold out shows in Ljubljana’s Kino Šiška. In March this year performances will resume in Berlin’s HAU, with more confirmed for Zagreb, Ljubljana, Hamburg, Maribor and in the Cultural Capital of Europe, Novi Sad – full details below.

Wir sind das Volk is based upon the writings of Heiner Müller (1929-1995), one of the most significant German-speaking playwrights since Brecht. Laibach’s own association with the theatre began in 1984 when they composed music for Heiner Müller’s Quartet, a play that was presented at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana. The following year they met Müller in Berlin, who suggested that they collaborate. Müller went on to use Laibach’s music in a production but the collaboration never happened, until the head of the International Heiner Müller Society, Anja Quickert, proposed a posthumous project based on Müller’s texts.

Laibach explain, “We followed Heiner Müller’s own strategy of cutting and rearranging the material, taking his texts and putting it into another context, rebooting it with music, in order to drag the audience into it or alienate them from it. Music unlocks the emotions and is therefore a great manipulative tool and a powerful propagandistic weapon. And that’s why a combination of Heiner Müller, who saw theatre as a political institution, and Laibach, can be nothing else but a musical.”

The album’s artwork and inner sleeve is Epiphany II: Adoration of the Shepherds (1998, collection of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) and Epiphany I: Adoration of the Magi (1996, Denver Art Museum collection) by the renowned Austrian-Irish artist, Gottfried Helnwein. Taken from his Epiphany series, some of his most recognisable works, the painting reflects on two of the central themes of his work: childhood and National Socialism.

Laibach have a knack for precision timing and Wir sind das Volk is no exception. The term “volk” (nation, or people) has undergone profound changes since 1989’s chants of “we are the people” at the time of the fall of the Berlin wall and throughout Europe, America and the word has, in recent years, become a tool of nationalist and racist exclusion.


Quickert goes on to say, “This project finally brings together what should have happened a long time ago: Laibach and the German playwright and poet Heiner Müller together. The myth of the nation cannot be buried as long as ghosts undermine its foundation. “Dialogue with the dead must not be interrupted until it is revealed which part of the future was buried with them.” Welcome to the abyss of the nation!”

Laibach formed in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje. Founded in the year that the country’s founding father Tito died, the band rose to fame to become one of the most internationally acclaimed bands to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe, recently becoming one of the first bands to perform in North Korea. In 2019 they released a Laibachian interpretation of The Sound of Music, conceived during their trip to North Korea and in 2020 celebrated four decades with Laibach Revisited.

LAIBACH – WIR SIND DAS VOLK PERFORMANCES

25 – 28 March –  Berlin (DE), HAU Hebbel am Ufer

2 April – Zagreb (HR), Vatroslav Lisinski Hall

8 April – Ljubljana (SI), Cankarjev Dom

28 April – Hamburg (DE), Kampnagel

23-24 June – Maribor (SI)

2 July – Novi Sad (RS)

Tickets and further information: https://www.laibach.org/future-events/

WIR SIND DAS VOLK (EIN MUSICAL AUS DEUTSCHLAND) TRACKLISTING (STUMM472)

Philoktet
Der Vater
Medea Material
Ich bin der Engel der Verzweiflung
Flieger, grüß mir die Sonne
Ordnung und Disziplin (Müller versus Brecht)
Traumwald
Lessing oder Das Ende der Aufklärung
Im Herbst 197.. starb… (instrumental)
Ich will ein Deutscher sein
Ich war die Wunde

RECENT PRAISE FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC

“A version of The Sound of Music that you can march to” – New Internationalist

“… perceptive recasting of the beloved 1965 Julie Andrews musical” – MOJO

“… stirring, funny and thought provoking” – The Guardian

“Playful, poignant, sublime and ridiculous… Laibach continue to hold up a mirror to a divided world.” – The Quietus

www.laibach.org

www.mute.com




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