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EP "Gone home syndrome" OUT NOW

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EP "Gone home syndrome" OUT NOW

The artwork for the EP is in fact a photograph by the artist Fabian Oefner, who explores convergence point of art and science. Søren stared awestruck at these photographs for months and in the end decided to ask the artist if he could imagine his image being used for a record sleeve. He listened and agreed.

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and Gone home syndrome

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watch the videos for Avenue of Giants

and Gone home syndrome

When Søren’s asked his brother, director Adam Bonke, to make a music video for the lead single, Adam decided to use 20 rolls of 35mm film stock, which he had won in Cannes a couple of years earlier, as part of the “Young Directors Award”.

They got a hold of a 1970’s film camera, set out to the ‘spiritual home of film’, and started searching for vast empty cityscapes.

The final piece features the lead singer getting his feet dirty in a desolate, but beautiful Los Angeles.

The inspiration for this song came was unusually clear. The image of a man, who wakes up in a forest of enormous trees. So the options were naturally limited when it came to producing the video. It had to be in California where the majestic redwoods reside. So my two brothers (one the director, the other the pilot) and I flew to San Francisco, hooked up with an actress and a cinematographer in Hollywood, and travelled along the Pacific coast until we found the perfect location, deep inside the "Avenue of Giants".

From there we merely let the story unfold, a young couple who skip town in the misty morning to discover the world...

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Urmutter BIOGRAPHY

Following a two-year break Danish Søren Bonke found himself channeling Urmutter (the First Mother), and in 8 days wrote and recorded an EP.

The tackling of ‘serious issues’ in modern music has become a rare enough thing that the creation of a musical alter-ego devoted entirely to exploring humanity’s relationship with our environment seems a striking proposition.

This is the mission statement of Søren Bonke (formerly of Klak Tik), who uses Urmutter to issue a musical clarion call to humankind.

‘Gone Home Syndrome’ Søren’s debut release in this artistic incarnation is a set of recordings formed through the collision of contrasts: synthetic/organic, male/female, reality/fantasy. It is a combination that suggests that Urmutter could well be the androgynous progeny of Berlin-era Bowie.
Undulating waves of electronica blend with snatches of spoken word and acoustic textures to form the sonic landscape beneath lyrics that range from the emotionally open to the wilfully obscure; creating a challenging and rewarding juxtaposition.

All of this is not to say it's all heavy going - ‘Cycle to Russia’ is a perfect slice of darkly twisted synth-pop while the title track takes its cue from Søren’s previous work to deliver an elegant acoustic-led camp-fire ballad with echoes of early Badly Drawn Boy.

Like the magnificently corporal Woman of Willendorf, the ancient carving of fertility that gave birth to all our art, Urmutter hands you something refreshingly different; it illuminates your poetic freedom to rebel. With songs both graceful and political, Søren Bonke, the father of Urmutter, displays his ability in a forceful way. Having toured the world for years with his acclaimed eight-piece band Klak Tik, Søren, the middle child of a middle class family, has in the shape of Urmutter grown as an artist but most importantly as Man.

The artwork for the EP is in fact a photograph by the artist Fabian Oefner, who explores convergence point of art and science. Søren stared awestruck at these photographs for months and in the end decided to ask the artist if he could imagine his image being used for a record sleeve. He listened and agreed.

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Track by Track description (in Danish)

 

Gone Home Syndrome EP
Da ordet Urmutter kom ind i mit hovede, fuldstændig ud af ingenting, anede jeg ikke hvad det betød. Men det gav mig lyst til at lave musik, lige med det samme. Og den musik skulle være langsom, og den skulle synges lidt dybt, og den kunne ikke kun laves med akustiske instrumenter, det vidste jeg med det samme. Så tegnede der sig en lysende tidslinje i min bevidsthed, fra det første menneske til det sidste, og så fik den idé bare sangene til at flyde ud af mig. Da jeg otte dage senere, efter at have skrevet og optaget hele EP’en, sad i studiet og sundede mig over den kreative eksplosionsbrand, ringede min kone og fortalte mig at jeg skulle være far. Jeg var ved at falde ned af stolen. Mutter und Vater på en uge.
Ep’en er mixet og mastereret af Andreas Pallisgaard (Pinkunoizu).

Track by Track:

1 Avenue of Giants
Jeg forestiller mig i denne sang at menneskeheden står på en halvt oversvømmet scene og danser sig langsomt ihjel. For hver centimeter vandet stiger, mister vi noget af det vi har lært igennem tusindvis af generationer. Urmutter skæver kærligt til os og vugger os langsomt i søvn. Det er dækket på Titanic, men med de sidste kvadratmeter landjord som scene.
Alle elementer i sangen her udsprang fra det lille boblende synth-arpeggio, som ikke helt passer til beatet. Den er ligesom menneskets “evne” til bare at fortsætte ubekymret. Det var også den første sang jeg skrev som Urmutter, og den endte med at blive lidt et blueprint for resten.

2 Stick Around for the Truth
Carl Sagan, mit store oratoriske forbillede, har uvidende gjort mig den store ære at åbne denne sang, midt i et episk “put down” af en kreationist, som har ringet ind til et radio show, hvor han heroisk, og temmelig letsindigt, prøver at overbevise Sagan om Guds “intelligente design”.
Sangen handler om menneskets patologiske angst for den overhængende sandsynlighed, at livet overhovedet ingen betydning har.
Den evige fristelse til at fylde alting i verden med betydning.

3 Gone Home Syndrome
Titlen på denne sang og EP’en er en leg med begrebet “stockholmsyndromet”, som jeg i en lidt forvrænget, og mindre alvorlig betydning, knytter til min hjemkomst til Danmark, efter 13 års fravær. Teksten handler helt konkret om en fyr, som vågner i en skov ved en hytte, og finder ud af, at hans kæreste er skredet tilbage til byen. Hun kan ikke tåle hans håbløse spirituelle udfoldelser, og al den forpulede stilhed.
Sangen er et forsøg på at beskrive en stemning af noget nær komplet fysisk stilstand, bortset fra i øjnene, og dermed i sjælen, hvor der er totalt kaos. Som meditation, når det overhovedet ikke virker.

4 Cycle to Russia
I duet med med Iara de Castro synges der her om den forfængelige kunstner, som savner drama i sig selv. Som desperat må forestille sig alt muligt fantastisk, for at kunne leve med sig selv.
Jeg forestillede mig af een eller anden grund, at historien her udspiller sig på en cykeltur igennem Østeuropa. Jeg håber stadig at få mulighed for at lave en spacey musikvideo til tracket - den billige distortion guitar skriger på at blive fortolket igennem en elendig russisk optik fra kommunist-tiden.

5 Walden’s Pond
Inspirationen til denne sang er Thoreau’s Walden - Livet i Skovene, og Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Ideen om, at man kan røre ved tiden, når man trækker hænderne blidt langs væggene i en hule.
Musikalsk har jeg forestillet mig at fylde hele himlen med toner, som den følelse, når man ligger i stille vand og kigger op med ørerne under, bare erstat vand med lyd.