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The Audiophile Recording "Anne Clark" Borderland

The Audiophile Recording "Anne Clark" Borderland

Anne Clarke, who opened a new chapter in electronic music in the 1980s, is now recording an audiophile album featuring acoustic instruments. Exciting. And the sound is awesome!

The Audiophile Recording

 Anne Clark “Borderland”

She is considered one of the pioneers of electronic music and the New Wave in the 80s. But Anne Clark also dedicated herself to other art forms such as poetry. But she also cultivates a great love for acoustically influenced music - as becomes clear here in the wonderful interaction with harp and violin (Ulla van Daelen & Justin Ciuche). And because the work was also lovingly recorded by Northeim's flagship label Stockfisch, Anne Clark's "Borderland" is our beguiling audiophile album of the week. For the sake of completeness, I have to add that the full title of the album Anne Clark with Ulla van Daelen & Justin Ciuche is "Borderland" - Foud Music For A Lost World. But I'll leave it in the short form during the text.

“Excuse me, can you please tell me where Hope Road is?
road of hope.
Never heard of it? Ok, thanks anyway.
Forgiveness! Excuse me? Oh, 'sorry... Excuse
me, can you please tell me how to get to Hope Road?
Road of Hope.”

This is how one of their best-known songs "Hope Road" begins, acoustically framed by sounds and samples, from their class album "Hopeless Cases" from 1987. A typical Clark piece that fits into their pioneering work in the 80s in the field of electronic music and their role as a poet. But there was and is more, much more, that distinguishes Anne Clark as an artist and as a person. Musically, the 62-year-old has repeatedly penetrated the cosmos of acoustically influenced music and given enthralling concerts in unusual places such as the Passionskirche in Berlin Kreuzberg in 1994 (album "Psychometry") - and again this summer.

At a young age, she brought fresh bands and musicians such as Paul Weller or Siouxsie And The Banshees to London's "Warehouse Theater" before finally taking the stage herself, playing "I'm Cabaret Futura" with Depeche Mode. The Irish-British musician loves spoken words, the melancholy, and the power that can make lyrical depth possible. And now Borderland. An acoustic album is full of power, magic, and energy. A minimalist work, if you will, for the more quiet moments. Difficult to describe without getting into flowery raptures.
Let's let them say it themselves:

"I want to take you / or rather bring you closer / closer to things / closer to yourself / deeper / Borderland is a place where two / or even more meet the world / to discover something new / something ancient / something out of time /

This brings us to the songs, better the pieces.

The Music of Anne Clark's "Borderland"

First of all: Gunter Pauler and the Stockfisch crew did a great job. Once again. Because the audiophile label spirits captured the delicate liaison between violin, harp, and Anne Clark's sonorous voice formidably: spatial ambiance, resolution/plasticity, color shading, and fine dynamics are brilliant, as is physicality. "Many thanks to G√ľnter and everyone at Stockfisch Records for giving us the three of us the opportunity to make this journey," said Anne Clark, praising the sessions in Northeim. And further: "In a place and time when so many of us have so little control over circumstances and events, I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to develop ideas and themes around language and music and to explore

When harp sounds are involved, many hi-fi fans will probably think of Andreas Vollenweider's undulating waves of sound from the 80s. While the Swiss likes to pluck and caress his instrument acoustically in ambient realms, Ulla van Daelen focuses more on the classic flow, including a Celtic touch, as here with Anne Clark. By the way, we had already introduced Vollenweider and van Daelen solo.

But back to the common tunes of the three musicians in the Stockfisch Studio. The 13 pieces seem saturated with an inner radiance. Softened with pastel touches of delicately strung violin and harp. And intoned credibly by Anne Clark's warming, haunting voice, without appearing dominant. And peppered with dazzling poetry. A finely fused interplay, carried by his own poetry but also by lines by ancestors.

The Stolen Child was written by Irish Literature Nobel Prize winner William Butler Yeats.
… Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand
For the word's more full of weeping
Then you can understand …

The Audiophile Recording "Anne Clark" Borderland
image credit: Qobuz

"The Bluebird" was written by Mary Coleridge, who was way ahead of her time at the end of the century. But the original compositions are just as impressive: the solo parts of the harp and violin touch the soul. Overall, the sessions were quite a bold undertaking: “My co-writer and band member, violinist Justin Ciuche, approached me with the idea of ​​going into the studio with harpist Ulla van Daelen and recording a complete 'live' session – without a plan and without prior arrangements, other than a few notes with ideas for my lyrics,” says Anne Clarke. It turned out to be a wonderfully coherent whole.

Anne Clark "Borderland" is published by Stockfisch / in-akustik as hybrid CD/SACD and as HiRes download (FLAC 24Bit/88kHz with pdf booklet) or DMM double LP with four-sided inlay sheet

The Cure

The Cure

The Cure

 play another new song - "And Nothing Is Forever"

The long-awaited album "Songs Of A Lost World" is getting more and more real.

On October 10, The Cure performed in Stockholm, where they performed a new and as yet unofficially released song, "And Nothing Is Forever". The 6-minute piano-synth ballad is set to be featured on the band's forthcoming 14th album, Songs Of A Lost World.

Judging by the enthusiastic reaction of the audience, the fans liked the track "And Nothing Is Forever".audience's enthusiastic reaction In fan communities, he is also praised - the song is called "emotional""melancholy""heartbreaking" and "very beautiful".

It is still unknown when the album "Songs Of A Lost World" will be released, although there has been talking about it since 2018. But now there are at least some hints of a release. "And Nothing Is Forever" is already the third new song presented by the musicians. On October 6, at a performance in Riga, The Cure performed the compositions "Alone" and "Endsong"At the same time, it became known that keyboardist and guitarist Perry Bamont, who performed in its composition from 1990 to 2005, returned to the group.

Earlier, the band's vocalist Robert Smith promised that the album would be released before the start of the tour - that is, until October 2022. He also said that "Songs Of A Lost World" is the best work in The Cure's discography, "weird" and "relentless" . The musician explained that the release was delayed for a reason - the point is in the complex vocal parts of new songs. It took him a while to get it right.

The Cure's latest work, 4:13 Dream, was released 14 years ago, in October 2008. In 2020, Robert Smith took part in the recording of the Gorillaz album "Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez", and in 2021 - in the recording of the Chvrches record "Screen Violence".

Depeche Mode to release new album 'Memento Mori' in 2023

Depeche Mode to release new album 'Memento Mori' in 2023

Depeche Mode to release new album 'Memento Mori' in 2023

This will be their first album in six years and their first since Andy Fletcher's death.

Depeche Mode has announced the release of their new album "Memento Mori" - it will be released at the end of March 2023. It will be the band's first LP released since the death of keyboardist Andy Fletcher in May 2022.

The phrase "Memento Mori" is translated from Latin as "Remember death." However, according to the musicians, the name was coined during Fletcher's lifetime. Vocalist Dave Gahan revealed that work on the material began roughly "a couple of years ago" .

A video from the press conference has also appeared on the Web, where you can hear a fragment of one of the new compositions. Its name is still unknown.

Most of the songs were recorded at the California home of Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore. Gore and Gahan will be heading to New York shortly to finish their work. Although all the tracks have already been recorded, the mixing process is not yet complete. "Memento Mori" was produced by James Ford, who previously worked with Depeche Mode on their previous record "Spirit" (2017). The visual design of the album, as always, was handled by Anton Corbijn.

Memento Mori will also be Depeche Mode's first album in six years. In January 2021, Martin Gore released The Third Chimpanzee, a solo instrumental solo EPIn November of the same year, Dave Gahan presented the album "Imposter" with cover versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and PJ Harvey. The year before, in November 2020, Depeche Mode was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And at the end of 2019, Anton Corbijn's concert film "Spirits In The Forest" dedicated to the band's fans premiered.

Drake became the most wanted musician in Shazam

Drake became the most wanted musician in Shazam

 Drake became the most wanted musician in Shazam

However, the main hit on the service was the track "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I.

On August 19, the music recognition service Shazam celebrated its 20th anniversary. During this time, 225 million people joined him, who were looking for 70 billion songs. Most often, people searched for Drake songs - they accounted for more than 350 million searches.

Drake's most popular track on Shazam was "One Dance" with 17 million requests.

However, the main “hit” on Shazam was not Drake’s composition at all, but the single “Dance Monkey” by Australian singer Tones and I. She was searched for in the application as many as 41 million times.

In addition, "Dance Monkey" is the fastest song to reach 20 million Shazams in just 219 days. BTS's "Butter" was the fastest hit to reach 1 million in just over a week, nine days. And Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was the fastest to reach 10 million in 87 days.

"Dance Monkey" is also the most played alternative track on Shazam. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Can't Hold Us" was named the most wanted rap single, Passenger's "Let Her Go" won among pop hits, John Legend's "All of Me" among R&B tracks, and among songs of singer-songwriters “Take Me To Church” by Hozier, and dance hits include “Prayer In C” by Lilly Wood & the Prick and Robin Schultz.

"Prayer In C" was also the first song to be requested over 20 million times on Shazam. The first "millionaire" was Kesha's hit "TikTok", while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" was the first to overcome the mark of 10 million requests. The very first Shazamed song was T.Rex's "Jeepster", and Eminem's "Cleanin' Out My Closet" was the first song to hit 1,000 Shazams.

Among the artists, the championship belonged to Lil Wayne for a long time - in 2009 he became the first musician with 1 million Shazams, and in 2011 - the first "ten million". But in 2015 it was surpassed by David Guetta, whose songs were searched for more than 100 million times.

The Mars Volta presented the first album in 10 years "The Mars Volta"

The Mars Volta presented the first album in 10 years "The Mars Volta" 

The Mars Volta presented the first album in 10 years "The Mars Volta"

Revolutionary "pop".

The Mars Volta's new album "The Mars Volta" has been released - the first in ten years. It is very different from the usual style of the group: new songs are noticeably more "light" and "pop" compared to previous records.

When recording material for "The Mars Volta", vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala was inspired by David Bowie, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Paul Weller. All of these musicians loved to experiment, but also had success with the general public without losing their own individuality. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez thinks the pop album is the most revolutionary thing they could have done.

Reviews for The Mars Volta have so far been overwhelmingly positive. NME gave "The Mars Volta" a perfect score, calling it "an amazing masterpiece" and "an astounding return from one of the most distinctive bands of the last 20 years" . Portal The Quietus believes that the album can make listeners "think about a thousand things at the same time" . According to Exclaim, the record "is capable of evoking a rainbow of emotions" - on it, the musicians abandoned their own rules.

Mojo magazine described the work as "a triumph of melody, soft arrangements and soul" and ClashMusic as "an incredibly amazing new stage in the band's multi-faceted evolution" . The Sputnikmusic portal issued a slightly more restrained review: in his opinion, this is a "quality pop-rock album with many experiments" , but the best creative ideas of The Mars Volta remained on other releases. Record Collector magazine did not like the record at all: he criticized the band for the fact that their new sound could confuse longtime fans.