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Almost two and a half years after its debut, which was number 3 on the DAC charts for four weeks, a new song collection of Helium Vola, the ensemble of Ernst Horn, is now published.
Liod” also combines medieval moods and contemporary electronic sounds, quiet ballads with sound experiments and dark moments with enchantingly beautiful melodies. But this time the result looks more homogeneous; extreme poles have approached here. This is probably because “Liod” tells a story, the story of a woman’s fate in the Middle Ages: idealized love, spring, sex, being deceived, pregnancy and caring for the child.
“Originally I wanted to realize a concept that again included the juxtaposition of the present and the past with modern samples (CNN etc.),” explains Ernst Horn. “But the way Sabine Lutzenberger sang “Mahnung”, “Ondas do mar” and “Frauenklage” in the first recordings made me throw the original concept overboard and put it, in a role, in the centre of attention.
Only a few dare to overturn a successful concept in favour of music. Ernst Horn is one of them. With Deine Lakaien he has always done well and has remained successful like hardly any other formation of this genre until today. His new project Helium Vola will certainly not be inferior to this.
On the other hand, it is also easy to listen to the voice of the renowned singer Sabine Lutzenberger: So clear and pure, so full of expression and feeling and so wonderfully caressed and staged by Horn’s music.
Under the title “Liod” there are several meanings. In Old High German, Liod is called “Song of Song”, in Russian “ice” and is a chemical compound that has an important meaning for nuclear fusion. Ernst has integrated some short experimental tracks called “Liod” into the album. They fulfil the latter function by combining musical motifs.
But they also form the bridge between the romantic pieces and the electrocrackers, of which “Liod” of course also has some to offer and which will once again make the dance temples swing. First of all, the polyphonic “Veni Veni” with its iridescent play between gripping uptemporefrain and moderate catchy trophe. But also the purposeful “Vagant Confession”, the tonally and rhythmically very complex “Chumenin” as well as the conciliatory and bell-like “In light colour stands the forest” are potential dancefloor fillers.
The most impressive connection between medieval music and modern electronics is and remains Helium Vola!
Joe Asmodo, Zillo