July 23, 2020





DUE AUGUST 28, 2020 

Sophie Hunger releases a new single, ‘Alpha Venom’, the latest to emerge ahead of the release of her new album, ‘Halluzinationen’, due out on August 28, 2020 via Caroline International. Produced by MPG UK Producer Of The Year, Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Fontaines DC) – who also plays across the record – ‘Halluzinationen’ is Berlin-based, Swiss singer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer Hunger’s seventh studio album. ‘Alpha Venom’ – which follows 6Music (Steve Lamacq’s ‘Lamacq Livener’) & Radio 1-supported supported single ‘Everything Is Good’ – is now streaming alongside a blistering live session video shot at the Studio La Fabrique in France

Her second collaboration with Carey, for ‘Halluzinationen’ Sophie elected to decamp from his Speedy Wunderground studios (where the pair cut her 2018 album ‘Molecules’) to Abbey Road’s Studio 2. The album was captured there in continuous live takes, recorded just six times over the course of two days. It’s an approach Hunger succinctly identifies as ‘Full risk’. ‘Halluzinationen’ is suffused with the nervous energy of its creation, and the tension is right there on the Krautrock-ing ‘Alpha Venom’, with Hunger’s fractious propulsion cutting across whip-crack jolts from electronics programmed by Carey (also a member of the studio band heard across ‘Halluzinationen’). Now also an award-winning film composer, the track was grown out of a theme tune Hunger was commissioned to write for a German television crime series. Speaking about the new track & video, Sophie says; “‘Alpha Venom, i bite into a lemon, I bleed inside my denims, this is not your pain’. In lockdown we played my new single ‘Alpha Venom’ in a special trio version. When you can’t go to the club, the club’s gotta come to you! Dear friends, please don’t forget who makes the music.”

‘Halluzinationen’ is informed by an exploration of the relationship between loneliness and the imaginary, finessing the electronic direction she’s been pursuing with Carey ever since a relocation to Berlin. ‘Alpha Venom’ – like much of ‘Halluzinationen’ – is sung in English (with just a handful featuring lyrics sung in German), following the distinction of ‘Molecules’ as Hunger’s first entirely anglophone album. The skill for multilingualism (alongside German & English, she is also fluent in French and Swiss-German) is a product of a childhood spent by Sophie shuttling between various parts of Europe.

Sophie’s six solo albums to date have accrued over a quarter of a million sales, drawing her comparisons to contemporaries including Sharon Van Etten and PJ Harvey, with fans as wide-ranging as Lauren Laverne, Steven Wilson and Eric Cantona (a long-standing fan of Sophie’s, who made a guest appearance on 2015 album ‘Supermoon’). She made her debut at Glastonbury in 2010 as the first Swiss artist to ever play the festival (selling out 1,000 capacity venues with ease on the continent), and for the last few years has written fictional newspaper columns for leading German titles Der Spiegel and Die Zeit. 2016 saw Sophie also make a successful first outing in film scoring, with her soundtrack for the Oscar & Golden Globe-nominated Ma Vie de Courgette earning her a Cesar nomination to boot.

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