CABARET
VOLTAIRE have announced the first new album release in over 20 years: Shadow Of
Fear, set for release on Mute on 20 November 2020.

Shadow Of
Fear is Cabaret Voltaire’s first release with Richard H Kirk as the sole member
of the band and the result is an album that defies categorisation. The tone and
personality of Cabaret Voltaire is ingrained into its core as it dances across
techno, dub, house, 1970s Kosmische, and general esoteric explorations coupled
with mangled vocal samples. It’s a voyage through the history of electronic
music that arrives at a new destination.

Cabaret
Voltaire has always been a group ahead of their time, even prescient at times,
and this album carries on that evolution. “The album was finished just as all
the weirdness was starting to kick in,” Kirk says. “Shadow Of Fear feels like a
strangely appropriate title. The current situation didn't have much of an
influence on what I was doing - all the vocal content was already in place
before the panic set in - but maybe due to my nature of being a bit paranoid
there are hints in there about stuff going a bit weird and capturing the
current state of affairs.” Although, as with a lot of Kirk’s work, concrete
meaning and narrative is ripe for interpretation rather than being spelled out.
“Surrealism has always been really important to Cabaret Voltaire,” says Kirk.
“And that's still present too.”

The genesis
of the new album was the 2014 Berlin Atonal festival where Kirk played the
first show on his own as Cabaret Voltaire. This began a new era for the
pioneering Sheffield outfit whose influence across electronic, post-punk and
industrial music remains an untouchable one today. Kirk explains “The mission
statement from the off was no nostalgia. Normal rules do not apply. Something
for the 21st Century. No old material.”

Kirk has
since gone on to perform at festivals and concerts across Europe, shaping the
sound of Cabaret Voltaire’s future. “I started developing tracks specifically
for live performance,” he says. “Stuff that was quite stripped back and crude.
Every time I would visit a new place to perform, I would write something
fresh.”

Recorded at
the latest location of Western Works, the studio used throughout Cabaret
Voltaire’s history, Kirk toyed with upgrading his old set up to digital but
after a computer failure he decided to retain his original equipment. “Making
this album reminded me a bit of the old days with Cabaret Voltaire because
there wasn't that much equipment, so you really had to use your imagination.”

That’s as
far as the comparisons to olden days Cabaret Voltaire go. This is new music for
a new era. “It's nice that people appreciate what you've done in the past,”
says Kirk. “But it's a dangerous place to dwell.”  

SHADOW OF FEAR TRACKLISTING

Be Free

The Power (Of Their Knowledge)

Night Of The Jackal

Microscopic Flesh Fragment

Papa Nine Zero Delta United

Universal Energy

Vasto

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