Exile On Mainstream excitedly prepares for the label’s 100th release – TRIALOGOS‘ debut LP Stroh Zu Gold – which was announced in recent weeks in conjunction with the band’s first live performance as part of the Roadburn Redux Festival. Coinciding with the official availability of the album through the Exile On Mainstream webstore today, the entire Roadburn performance of the album is now available to the public.
The performance was streamed from the stunning location of Leipzig’s UT Connewitz, one of Germany’s oldest cinemas that was established in 1912 and home to a lot of mind-blowing performances by Exile On Mainstream-related acts before, among them the EOM20 festival in 2019.
TRIALOGOS‘ Conny Ochs stated in anticipation of the show, “Now we have the chance to play our debut set of Stroh Zu Gold alongside so many astonishing artists and in the realm of the magnificent Roadburn Festival, that to me has always been a symbol of artistic freedom. This is a great honor to us. It feels like exactly the right place for this, a place to get together again on the playground. What a trip.”
Please tune in and watch TRIALOGOS’ entire Stroh Zu Gold performance from Roadburn RIGHT HERE.
Stroh Zu Gold was recorded at blankstudio Berlin in October 2020, produced by Tobias Vethake and TRIALOGOS, with additional recordings by Conny Ochs. The album was mastered by Andreas “Lupo” Lubich, and completed with artwork by the band members, primarily Ochs.
Stroh Zu Gold will be issued June 18th in a four-panel mini-gatefold CD, 180-gram pure virgin black vinyl LP including a download card, and digital platforms. Preorders are available at the Exile On Mainstream webshop HERE, and watch the videos for “Hikikomori” HERE and the title track HERE.
TRIALOGOS is thrilled to announce that they just have inked a worldwide deal for booking with Wamp Booking, who have not only turned out to be the perfect fit but joined in on the raving about the band’s stunning performance at Roadburn Festival. Swamp Booking clients include a group of like-minded artists including Anna Von Hausswolff, Aaron Turner, Esbven And The Witch, Jarboe, Gnod, and Keji Haino, just to name a few. Shows are being planned at this moment and announcements of live shows are to be expected very soon. For any booking inquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following Tony Conrad’s concept of maximalism in minimal music, TRIALOGOS‘ widescreen Super 8 soundscapes and occasional haunted house vocals conjure up visions of Winter lost beaches, bats dancing upside down, and sojourns in permanent dawn. What we hear in these “trialogues” is one word sounding through the other. Like in a doubly exposed photograph, the individual elements become both more ethereal and more defined. They touch and blend, align and dissociate at the same time and take on the remarkable capacity of ghosts: the ability to inhabit one another, one voice speaking through the other.
TRIALOGOS‘ three members arrived here through quite different musical backgrounds and experiences. Singer-songwriter and visual artist Conny Ochs is a troubled troubadour of the special kind, who gained massive recognition for his highly praised collaborations with Wino. Sicker Man works as a composer and producer for film and theatre scores and explores the musical field in between experimental pop, noise, and instant composition, using and processing the cello as his main instrument. His movie score for Simon Barrett’s (You’re Next, The Guest) directorial debut, Séance, saw release through Lakeshore Records on May 28th. The third corner point of this mystical triangle is represented by Kiki Bohemia, a singer and autodidactic player of lost and found instruments and toys, who is also Sicker Man’s longtime partner in a variety of different projects, such as the doom duo Slutty Clowns.
The idea for a collaboration first came up in an underground backstage room at the Zukunft Club in Berlin, where the three artists shared the stage for a concert. The three of them got together for the first time in an experimental improvisation as part of an art exhibition in Sassnitz, Germany during the Summer of 2020, where things started leading towards what is now TRIALOGOS.
In response to the altered living and working conditions during the pandemic, Sicker Man and Kiki had started a daily series of livestream concerts called Cleansing Drones For Locked Down Homes in March 2020, designed as an experimental musical ritual to comfort and express emotional and artistic turmoil during a state of emergency. When Conny Ochs joined in as a guest in the Autumn of 2020, they expanded the technique of those “dialogues” to include the voice of a “third,” taking collective soul searching and notion of self-transcendence to a further stage. Locked up in their studio in Berlin, seeking solitude and introspection, the trio recorded Stroh Zu Gold within just three days, gaining new artistic vision and transvaluation from this almost eremitic kind of lifestyle.