[Cover photo credit to Errefotografia]
hackedepicciotto, a duo composed of Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto, have shared a new video for the opening track to their latest album, Keepsakes, out now on vinyl, CD and digitally via Mute. The new video comes ahead of a winter tour that will see the duo tour across Europe and the UK.
The video is for the dreamy track “Troubadour”, which like all the songs on the album, was inspired by one of their many friendships.
For over 20 years Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and artist, musician and filmmaker Danielle de Picciotto (co-founder of Love Parade) have been developing and evolving an intuitive and symbiotic creative partnership. The new album, Keepsakes, is drawn from their personal lives and friendships, something that they don’t normally do. Each track on the album is dedicated to a friend.
While friendship is the central theme, place has been a recurring theme throughout their work and the recording environment plays a significant part to the feel and sound of the album. The album also incorporates incredibly varied sounds and instruments.
The band’s choice of instruments was expanded not just a whim, but in order to document nine different people they needed to stretch out and expand their sonic palette.
The theme of friendship expands as far as artists they worked with to put the album together. Long-time friend Victor Van Vugt mixed the record, David Hochbaum painted the cover and Manolo Luque worked graphics.
De Picciotto says:
… every single detail of the album has to do with really deep old friendships. In that way, they are always with us. That’s something that means a lot to us.
11/2/2023 – Warsaw, PL – Voodoo Club
11/4/2023 – Wrocław, PL – Industrial Festival
11/5/2023 – Prague, CZ – KC Kastan
11/8/2023 – Budapest, HU – Instant-Fogas
11/9/2023 – Brno, CZ – Kabinet Mut
11/10/2023 – Berlin, DE – Synästhesie Festival
11/18/2023 – Brest, FR – Festival Invisible
12/5/2023 – Munich (DE) – Muffatwerk – with Crime & the City Solution
12/7/2023 – Maastricht, NL – Muziekgieterij
12/8/2023 – Brussels, BE – Les Ateliers Claus
12/9/2023 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli
12/10/2023 – Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn
12/12/2023 – London UK – Rich Mix
12/13/2023 – Hastings, UK – The Pig
12/16/2023 – Paris, FR – La Ménagerie de Verre