WHITE WINE share atmospheric new video for “Falling From The Same Place”-Album ‘KIller Brilliance’ out Sept 29th

September 6, 2017

Sophie Valentin


– Share new video for Falling From The Same Place
– Album ‘Killer Brilliance’ out 29th September
on Altin Village & Mine.
– UK live dates next month


Leipzig-based WHITE WINE have shared the second video to be taken from new album ‘Killer Brilliance’, set for Sept 29th release via Altin Village & Mine, and have confirmed more live dates for this Autumn.

The self-directed new clip accompanies the atmospheric and hypnotic “Falling From The Same Place”, which White Wine main man Joe Haege (Menomena, Tu Fawning, 31 Knots, The Dodos) elaborated on, 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.”

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.

“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.”

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 live dates:
11 Berlin, DE – Berghain Kantine
12 Copenhagen, DK – Huset Kbh
13 Bremen, DE – Lagerhaus @ Etage 3
14 Cologne, DE – Artheater
15 Rotterdam, NI – Roodkapje
16 Liege, BE – Kultur A
19 London, UK – Thousand Island
22 Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint
23 France, FR – Lille
24 Paris, FR – Le Petite Bain
25 Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey
26 Lausanne, FR – Le Bourg
27 Munich, DE – Manic Street Parade
28 Nürnberg, DE – Nürnberg Pop
29 Jena, DE – Cafe Wagner
30 Prague, CZ – Potrva
31 Vienna, AT – Rhiz
01 Bratislava, SK – Fuga
02 Ljubljana, SL – Kino Siska
03 Maribor, SL – Stopl3

Killer Brilliance track list:
1. Vignette Corrina
2. Broken Letter Hour
3. Hurry Home
4. Killer Brilliance
5. Abundance
6. Vignette Junko
7. I’d Run
8. Falling From The Same Place
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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