Alexander Hacke & Danielle De Picciotto - Menetekel

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„hackedepicciotto“ are Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto. Both are legends of their own
making: Danielle de Picciotto moved from New York to Berlin in 1987, to become the lead singer of the
band „Space Cowboys“,co-initiator of the Love Parade, a collaborator of the Ocean Club with Gudrun
Gut, and Alexander’s partner in crime. Alexander Hacke is an original member and the bass player of
Einstürzende Neubauten. The artist couple, romantically married in 2006, has creatively interacted with
countless international projects for almost two decades now besides regularly releasing their own
Their live shows are, to put it mildly, intense. Danielle specialises in unusual instruments such as the
Hurdy Gurdy, the Autoharp and the Kemençe besides playing the violin and piano; Alexander is master
of the bass, guitar and drums. Together they create beautiful, existentialistic, acoustic soundscapes,
which roar and vibrate simultaneously leaving their audiences shaken but overjoyed. Danielle, author of
two books, writes most of their lyrics, be it in moments of poetic spoken word or in the momentous choirs
they compose together. Alexander Hacke, an excellent vocalist and throat singer, growls his gnarly,
rumbling cries that float eerily over their nomadic desert drones, with screeching birds, bees or wild
gusts of wind accompanying slow, heavy riffs that start as a whisper and end in a volcanic, rolling wave
of apocalyptic frenzy. The collage of this mixed with melancholic, translucent harmonies, very heavy
and low bass chords, and electronics are a mesmerising universe of sound and emotion which has
generated an ever growing group of enthusiastic listeners.
”Menetekel” is the name of their new album and it is darker than their last masterpiece “Perseverantia”.
The title is another word for “the writing on the wall” and the artist couple is projecting our collective
despair of what is happening worldwide momentarily into a monumental symphony of sound, twirling
and twisting it into a biblical frenzy. The first song on the double LP whispers in harmony and sings:
”Welcome to my home, welcome to my heart” but very quickly the shadows grow deeper and the mood
becomes wilder, the trumpets sound and the fall of “Jericho” is eminent, or is it the exile from Paradise?
Danielle & Alexander gave up their home in Berlin in 2010 and have been touring the world ever since
trying to find a sanctuary comparable to the artists haven the city used to be in the eighties. But times
have changed and it is each to his own now. The icy winds blowing are everywhere and thousands of
homeless souls are wandering our roads, their personal search becoming a universal cry for
deliverance. “The great rains have begun” Danielle exclaims on the second last track of the album
“Prophecy”, a whirlwind of oriental and western sounds dancing with each other faster and faster until
they are morphed into the minimal and last song of the album “Crossroad”. The symbolic and spiritual
questions asked supply an unusual depth to the album, giving it a universal and very poignant touch of
the human quest. “Standing on the crossroad. Cause and Effect. Our reaction is the only one in nature
which has a choice”.On the D side of the double album is a twenty minute sound installation that
hackedepicciotto were invited to compose in an old church in Austria. They decided to inspect the church
as a child would, with no preconceived thoughts or answers, treating it as the odd house of a distant
giant. Interestingly the architectural influence of the ancient walls inspired a couple of philosophical
thoughts, which could bring light into the shadowy depths of modern times. In an overwhelming choir of
many voices the two artists sing: “The echo depends on where you stand”.