A push towards taking in the beauty shining around us shines brightly in the new video from German dark punk rock (and more) artist Friedemann, which features a live version of his track “Lied Aus Stille” and you can check out for the first time exclusively below. Sometimes, precisely what we need is a reminder, however forceful, to stop and look around.
Originally, the song appeared on the artist’s first album Uhr vs. Zeit (which released in 2014) and in its latest, live recorded incarnation, it’s available on the Mehr Sein Als Schein – Friedemann Live II double LP package coming out via Exile On Mainstream on October 4. The release apparently packs almost two full hours of music and will only be available in a limited run of 500 copies worldwide — and there won’t be full digital releases of this, so get on this availability while you can. You can preorder the music at this link.
The artist themselves explains:
The life circle consists of Becoming, Being, and Vanishing. We mortals must accept this if we want to resonate with the nature surrounding us. The song ‘Lied Aus Stille’ (‘Song From Silence’) beautifully describes the path reaching this harmony. The lyrics are based on a poem by the German writer Eva Strittmatter, named ‘Vor Dem Winter’ (‘Before The Winter’). It’s a quiet song and a part of me and my live shows for some years now. It’s full of power and pure poetry at the same time.
Exile on Mainstream head Andreas Kohl adds:
The pictures are original photographs by Christian Thiele, a renowned photographer from Ruegen Island, Friedemann’s home base. Both have been friends for years and Christian has a huge part in the visual concept of Friedemann’s appearance by being responsible for every official picture of the artist. Christian has also photographed several other acts on the label such as Conny Ochs and Tricky Lobsters to name a few. As a photographer he has earned a strong following not only for his artist pictures but also and in several circles even more, for his work in photographing nature and especially the beautiful landscape along the German Baltic Sea coast, in particular on Ruegen Island. He’s considered ‘The Ruegen Photographer’ over here in Germany. The pictures in the slide show video correspond directly with the lyrics which don’t need any hidden message to be transported. They are a direct visual counterpart to the descriptive content of the song giving listeners not familiar with the German language enough hints to relate to the song.
In the spoken intro of the song Friedemann refers to the above described circle of life and the several seasons nature is going through; summer, fall, winter, spring. He expresses concerns that living in harmony with the seasonal circle might be something that people are missing today by living in cities and trying to escape it by going on vacations and moving.
Check it out below, and preorder the album featuring the music at this link.
Photo thanks to Christian Thiele
Besides apparently working on another album of new material slated to emerge next year (2020), Friedemann will also be touring Europe this fall.
Check out his music at these dates:
- 10/03/2019 Zukunft – Berlin, DE *Record Release Party
- 10/04/2019 20 Years Of Chaos Festival – Ilmenau, DE
- 10/05/2019 AJZ Banane – Erfurt, DE
- 10/06/2019 AJZ Talschock – Chemnitz, DE (matinee)
- 10/18/2019 Logo – Hamburg, DE
- 10/19/2019 House Show – Freiberg, DE
- 10/20/2019 Cafe Wagner – Jena, DE (matinee)
- 11/01/2019 House Show – Kamen, DE
- 11/02/2019 Rock Cafe Kasa – Lüneburg, DE
- 11/03/2019 Hansa 48 – Kiel, DE (matinee)
- 11/13/2019 Heile Welt – Münster, DE
- 11/14/2019 Oetinger Villa – Darmstadt, DE
- 11/15/2019 Don’t Panic – Essen, DE
- 11/16/2019 Dirty Dancing – Osnabrück, DE
- 11/29/2019 Peter-Weiß-Haus – Rostock, DE
- 11/30/2019 Beatpol – Dresden, DE w/ Conny Ochs
- 12/01/2019 Puschkinhaus – Halle/Saale, DE