Longstanding Berghain resident Efdemin aka Phillip Sollmann readies to release his fourth studio album, titled New Atlantis and scheduled for mid-February 2019 release on Ostgut Ton.
Oh, lovely appearance of death,
No sight upon earth is so fair;
Not all the gay pageants that breathe,
Can with a dead body compare.
– Charles Wesley, A Funeral Hymn for a Believer, 1780
This is the producers’ first solo release on the Berlin label, the title inspired by the words sung by ’60s California art icon William T. Wiley, and embedded in glowing drone swells which perfectly encapsulate the otherwordly vibe of the album.
The eight tracks that comprise the release see Sollman’s soundscape feature everything from fast, kaleidoscopic techno, to multilayered drones and acoustic instrumentation, bringing together his deep dance floor productions with his other more experimental productions.
Sollmann took inspiration for New Atlantis from Francis Bacon’s unfinished 17th century novel of the same name, which describes a fictional island devoted to social progress through the synthesis of art, science, technology and fashion. In the story, Bacon imagines futuristic ‘sound houses’, which contain musical instruments capable of recreating the entirety of the sounds of the universe; a 400-year-old prophesy of today’s digital sonic reality.
Like other Efdemin albums, New Atlantis shifts from techno to other music realms, in this case pushing even further by leaving dance floor territory towards deeper musical concepts.
Tracklisting 2xLP / CD / Digital:
A1. Oh, Lovely Appearance Of Death
A2. Good Winds
B. New Atlantis
C1. At The Stranger’s House
C2. A Land Unknown
D1. Black Sun
D2. The Sound House
Dec 14 GB | London | Electric Brixton
Dec 15 ES | Barcelona | The Loft / Razzmatazz
Dec 21 DE | Berlin | Press day
Dec 21 DE | Berlin | Zur Klappe
Dec 29 TR | Izmir | Högre | Unten
Jan 02 DE | Berlin | Berghain | Silvester Klubnacht
Jan 12 NL | Amsterdam | De School
Feb 16 DE | Berlin | Berghain | Album Release Party
Mar 01 DE | Berlin | Berghain
Mar 02 DE | Essen | Mischanlage
Mar 15 GB | London | Village Underground | Album Release Party
Cover photo: Yasmina Haddad