Today Leipzig-based WHITE WINE have shared a third track from new album ‘Killer Brilliance’, set for Sept 29th release via Altin Village & Mine, and have confirmed UK live dates this Autumn.
White Wine spirals into the malevolent, intoxicating and disorientating world of dark beauty Joe Haege has touched on with previous projects (Tu Fawning, 31 Knots, Menomena & The Dodos). This new line-up finds Haege delivering the most realised, intense and, at times, horrifying music of his career. Menacing sermons backed by effects-heavy bassoon and aggressive, off-kilter percussion, creating an uneasy cinematic mood.
Following the album’s sinister title track, “Killer Brilliance”, and the propulsive “Hurry Home”, this latest track “Falling From The Same Place” continues the film noir themes of darkness. Haege expands on the track, saying: “For every supposed step of human progress, be it moral, scientific or technological, our human nature tethers us to our collective Achilles heels: Greed & Power.”
“There's so much complexity in life and human emotion that I have a hard time feeling convinced a song is always either happy, sad, melancholic, angry or scared. I look at these emotions like elements that are constantly colliding with each other, so it's my duty as a songwriter to reflect that. I want to fall in and out of the cracks of genres, finding the nerves not yet hit. It's usually in the disturbing part of the spectrum…”
So says Joe Haege, who’s earned a reputation for unsettling sounds. Haege formed White Wine (also known early on as Vin Blanc) as a solo project, but it developed into an informal duo following the release of second album, 2013’s In Every Way But One, after Haege invited Menomena / Tu Fawning soundman Fritz Brückner to join him on a European tour. When an apartment fell vacant next to Brückner’s home in Leipzig, Haege deserted Los Angeles, and, newly settled in Eastern Germany, added Chistian "Kirmes" Kuhr (of local heroes Zentral Heizung Des Todes) to the coven while helping to build what would become White Wine’s default home, Haunted Haus. “Having our own fully functioning studio,” he points out, “is just an incredible tool to have at our disposal.”
Killer Brilliance piles in with the rabid ‘Broken Letter Hour’ and the desperately tense ‘Hurry Home’ (which opens notably with the line “Feeding on the flesh of the young and indifferent”) before the extraordinary title track, with its sinister chorus, pops eardrums and eyeballs. There’s also the Birthday Party malevolence of ‘Falling From The Same Place’, the growing threat of ‘Abundance’ – which addresses notions of prosperity and its price – the baroque, carnivalesque ‘I’d Run’ (“Release the devil!”) and the deceptive calm of ‘Bird In Hand’, which begins with Haege’s description of how “The streets were just crawling with people just dying to breathe…” and concludes with the ugly truth that “When one of us wins, some of us must lose”.
Musically, White Wine feed upon an extraordinarily diverse range of ingredients, including PJ Harvey, Liars, Beak, Suicide, Minute Men, David Bowie, Chuck D and Diamonda Galas. “I like to make music that is played when a cafe is closed,” Haege cackles, “and not when it's open.”
Lyrically, meanwhile, Killer Brilliance exhibits Haege’s self-confessed “weird affinity for double entendres. It fits my thinking when attempting to cover the ground of a subject. In a world of art and media overload, and the unyielding barrage of advertising, it’s not easy to find any territory not already well-trodden. Many musicians seek to create music of a fantastic escapism, poetically reframing the harsh reality we’re all forced to swallow every day. It's an unbelievable skill that I wish I had. However, I'm not one of these. For some weird reason, I have this need to hold onto the sheer madness of existence, all of the suffering and celebrating happening at the same time.”
Timely and unflinching, this is, by name and by nature, Killer Brilliance. Here’s to your health. You’ll need White Wine.
White Wine UK live dates:
18 London, UK – 1000 Islands
19 Stowmarket, UK – John Peel Cetre
20 Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint
Killer Brilliance track list:
1. Vignette Corrina
2. Broken Letter Hour
3. Hurry Home (Soundcloud | YouTube)
4. Killer Brilliance (Soundcloud)
6. Vignette Junko
7. I’d Run
8. Falling From The Same Place (Soundcloud)
9. Vignette Friederike
10. 7 Letters
11. Vignette Amelie
12. Art of Not Knowing
13. Bird in Hand
14. Vignette Katya
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Hear “Falling From The Same Place” below: