With the single “Nightfall” Deine Lakaien have already presented a first delicate appetizer to their new album “Dual +”, which is much more than a collection of songs that didn’t make it on the already lush top 10 double album “Dual”, spanning various musical genres and decades.
Rather, after “Nightfall” Alexander Veljanov and Ernst Horn also prove with the corresponding new single “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” that the abundance of songs created during the production of the “Dual” project offers first-class material for another independent and full album.
Unlike the double album “Dual” released this spring, where Alexander selected most of the ten cover songs, “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun”, taken from the early Pink Floyd album “A Saucerful Of Secrets” released in 1968, falls within Ernst Horn’s musical socialization.
“I was 18 at the time and quite enthusiastic about psychedelic music. Before that there was the rather well-behaved beat music, still influenced by rock’n’roll, and now came these young bands Pink Floyd, Cream and, of course, Jimi Hendrix, who opened the gate wide open, starting, of course, with George Martin, who began to experiment as a producer of the Beatles. ,Set The Controls’ is a very psychedelic piece that is completely from my world. For me, it was a nice experience to experiment in my studio with these sounds that I liked at the time and put them into my environment,” Ernst explains his personal connection to the Pink Floyd song. “I understand the song as a very encapsulated chant to the sun that gives life and above all love, which we should recognize as such and turn to.”
After the German avant-garde dark wave pop institution Deine Lakaien has already spanned the wide arc from U.S. singer-songwriter rock to German krautrock and British new wave and post-punk pop to French chanson and Russian classical music in its choice of cover contributions on “Dual.” With their new single, Ernst and Alexander enter the musical realms of the psychedelic twilight, which was decisively shaped by Pink Floyd in the late 1960s and left such a deep impression on Ernst Horn, who was still young at the time, that the recollection of it still shines through in many Deine Lakaien compositions and arrangements.
In their arrangement of the Pink Floyd song, Deine Lakaien consistently continue the somnambulistic-melancholic mood of “Nightfall”, so that the cover version even seems like a natural further development of the first single, whereby the extremely minimalistic arrangement with analog synthesizer sounds above all prepares the ground for Alexander to express the mood of departure in the lesser-known Pink Floyd song in an almost meditative way with his charismatic vocals.
The harmonious combination of the first two singles from the upcoming “Dual +” album makes it clear that Ernst and Alexander will add a few more exciting chapters to the exciting musical journey they started with “Dual”.
You can watch the matching lyric video here:
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