Organ Thing of The Say, the Say? The Day! Don’t come here proof-reading everything. Organ Thingof The Day: hackdepicciotto, Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto have announced a rather devine new album, The Silver Threshold, out on Mute on 12 November 2021 so it would seem, here’s a rather warm taste, just down there…
“hackdepicciotto – Alexander Hacke (Einstüzende Neubauten / Crime & the City Solution) and Danielle de Picciotto (co-founder of Love Parade / Crime & the City Solution) – have announced details of their first album for Mute, The Silver Threshold, out on 12 November 2021.
The new album launches today with the duo’s first love song, ‘Evermore’, the first time the husband and wife – who have collaborated for several decades – have explored this terrain. “We’re basically singing about love and we’ve never actually done a love song before,” says De Picciotto”.
Watch the video, directed by Studio Bergfors here:
Some of the hype from the press release, yeah, I know, lazy, not proper, did we ever claim it was?
The Silver Threshold, their “most symphonic” album to date, is expansive and exploratory, reflecting the endless movement across places, landscapes and environments the pair have experienced. They glide across genres that take in cinematic drone, industrial, experimental, spoken word and soundscapes that shift between immersive ambient into noisy eruptions. “It has this largeness of the situation that we’re all in,” says De Picciotto. “hackedepicciotto albums have always been reflective of their environment and this is no different.”
Alongside beauty and tenderness, there’s also the uncertainty of the world mirrored throughout the album. This feeling of being in the middle of the unknown, where uncertainty impends, plays a significant role. “These restrictions and the necessity of confining oneself gave me a sense of the potential,” says Hacke. “It actually gave me a kind of weird euphoria. We had the distinct feeling while we were working that we were standing on a threshold. That it was neither the time before the pandemic or post-pandemic. I think we both really felt the potential of that, that we were at this gateway.”
Ultimately though, what is at the heart of The Silver Threshold – and hackedepicciotto as a project – is the ability of Hacke and De Picciotto to channel their lives and experiences into a joint yet coherent artistic expression. The work of two people with a deep-rooted intuitive and creative bond. “We live in total symbiosis with each other,” says Hacke. “Danielle and I experience everything together and that goes straight into our albums.”
The album cover and press photographs were shot by Sven Marquardt – a Berlin photographer who also happens to be the doorman at the infamous Berghain nightclub, Hacke explains, “It was a very formative aspect of this album. He only uses natural light and having our picture taken by him was a very special experience.”