The Missing

by Sicker Man

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04:08
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05:04
4.
07:22
5.
02:08
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8.
05:32

about

As part of my own working process, after I record I often step back and try to place my work in the context of musical history and within the world today. To try to understand the 'whats' and 'whys'... 'The Missing' is as much a tale about individualism as it is about losing your identity... it is a story told through music.

It was inspired by 'Amerika' (originally 'The Missing Person') by Franz Kafka. In his novel, Kafka tells the story of Karl Roßmann who escapes Europe, fleeing to the United States in an effort to start a new life. But, as I approached the story from Karl's perspective, you will rarely find direct allusions to the story. In a broader sense, the album is more about how an individual feels when trying to fit within society...and what happens, when he finally loses his identity.

For this album I've tried to turn my different influences into one musical language. There are new aspects (distortion and aggression), that haven’t played a large role in previous recordings - but have always been a part of my live performances. I hear this noisiness more as an orchestral element, replacing a huge brass section with distorted guitars. Our world is full of contrasts, so I wanted the music to be like that too. In a world growing more and more absurd and aggressive, I find the time of musical understatement over. I felt compelled to make a stronger statement this time.

There is enough corporate music claiming to be emotional. We are surrounded by 'fake' in the media all the time. But I still believe that humanity can evolve. I wanted to make you, the listener, to feel what Karl feels. To understand the injustice and brutality of a cold society. To feel what it is to be lost in a huge crowd. A single person against a frightening mass..." -Sicker Man

credits

released May 27, 2016

All tracks are written, played and recorded by TOBIAS VETHAKE

The additional musicians on this album are:
KIKI BOHEMIA: vocals on 1.-8.
JOHANNES DÖPPING: drums on 1.-4., 6.-8.
GERHARD SCHMITT: pedal steel guitar on 5.-8.
MICHAEL VETHAKE: trombone on 1. and 2.
MACHINE EST MON COEUR: sounds on 6.

All lyrics are by TOBIAS VETHAKE, except for the lyrics on 6. by BIANCA CALANDRA & T. VETHAKE

The graphic design was created by CONNY OCHS
The photos were shot by THOMAS NEUKUM
The collages were made by TOBIAS VETHAKE

This record was mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich @ Calyx Berlin

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