Laibach SPECTRE digital deluxe album
A new deluxe version of the 2014’s Laibach album SPECTRE is coming on 30 March 2015. This digital deluxe version of Spectre will feature the original album plus bonus tracks and SPECTREMIX, a remix album that will also be available separately on the same date.
Watch the video for No History from Spectre, directed by Vuk Jevremović
Video for No History was made by artist Vuk Jevremović, a big fan of Laibach. Vuk Jevremović was born 1959 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), but spent his childhood in ex Jugoslavia. Following the family tradition, he studied Architecture at The Technical University Belgrade and graduated in 1984. After spending some time in the navy as a diver, he decided to dedicate his life to art: painting and drawing. He started exhibiting in 1986 and during the following years he was considered as a promising young artist in former Yugoslavia.
His first animation, The Wind Subsides was shown all over the world, and it won 2 Grand Prix and 17 Awards. The next film, inspired by a R.M.Rilke’s poem, Panther, was also successful. It won 15 international awards and came into final balloting for the Oscar award (1998) as best animation short.
Since then, his life has been linked to animation and he has continued to create short films: Diary (2000, Oscar qualified), Faces (2002), Quercus, (2003), The Wheel Turns (2005) , Close Your Eyes and Do Not Breathe (2006), Lux (2007) and Patience of the Memory (2009, Oscar qualified).
Taken from Laibach’s uncategorizable forthcoming album Spectre, the rousing synth-pop of “The Whistleblowers” is inspired by provocateurs such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, continuing the band’s long-established critique of power and political freedoms. “They predicted the downfall of Yugoslavia through their music,” says Norwegian director Morten Traavik of his most recent collaborators. “Now they’re back in sync with what’s happening.” Formed in 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia, Laibach started the Neue Slowenische Kunst art movement, which eventually became a ‘virtual country’ complete with its own passport, amassing a vast collective body of work that was showcased at London’s Tate Modern in 2012. The nostalgic and utopian feel of today’s song is matched by a video that stars a group of young athletes from Riga, Latvia. “It was shot using a one-of-a-kind LOMO camera lens from the Soviet Union,” says Traavik. “This resulted in this extreme widescreen format, much like a three-stripe national flag with the video as the middle stripe.” The director’s 2012 clip of a North Korean accordion band performing A-Ha’s “Take On Me” shared the group’s playful exploration of patriotism and nationhood, while accruing two million YouTube views: “We felt straight away that this is a Laibach-kinda person,” say the band.
Spectre is Out March 3 on Mute.
The new album sees Laibach once again ‘re-inventing’ itself in a newly-born, yet polished and solid formation. And, as is now their custom, Laibach calls into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology.