release date: 19-01-2018
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A full ten years after their last, tragically romantic record “Letters to a Stranger”, Persephone embark on a sombre and uniquely intense journey into another world with their latest effort “Perle”. The starting point of this journey is none other than a classic piece of fantastic literature: Alfred Kubin’s only novel “The Other Side”. Released in 1909, the artist renowned for his nightmarish paintings full of chimeras takes the reader into the dream city named Perle, a place constantly shrouded in foggy darkness. This is where the novel’s protagonist finds himself, realizing after a brief stint of fascination that he has found his very own inner hell. He has to deal with the blind masses in which he yet doesn’t find a place. Instead, he is haunted by isolation, solitude and estrangement. This deeply troubling and utterly intense piece of literary history has a quality of both frightening and fascinating the reader.
“Dream and reality blur into each other, ethic values and morales are long forgotten, resulting in the tale of a grandiose downfall”, Sonja Kraushofer is explaining the background. “The downfall of a city, but also the downfall of society. Of humanity.” Musically true to melancholy as ever before, Persephone succeed in translating this night- marish scenario to music, thus combining the bacchanal aura of their earlier works with a haunting, disturbing undertone. The outcome is a monument of solitude that will not fail to move every single heart it reaches. Not so much a retelling as an interpretation of Kubin’s work and his apocalyptic imagery, Sonja Kraushofer (L’Âme Immortelle) and composer Martin Höfert (formerly of Janus) dive that deep into the universe of a troubled genius that even the listener will find it exceedingly difficult to surface again. Produced by Martin Höfert, “Perle” sees Persephone enter a new, gripping and artistically stunning era.
TRACKS: 01. Oblivion, 02. Dreamland of Mine, 03. Summer Rain, 04. Conspiracy, 05. Phobia, 06. Garden of May, 07. Dig a little deeper, 08. The River, 09. Downfall, 10. Reveal