When YEDM initially interviewed German darkwave powerhouse and multimedia artist Anne Wichmann mid-pandemic, we lined a number of subjects, from the COVID lockdown to her movies to her typically “tough” psyche, however the truth that she had additionally made music together with her brother, guitarist Volker Wichmann, within the early 00s. The partnership presumably ended when Anne moved to Brooklyn from their native Hamburg, Germany. Now, virtually twenty years later, the duo have reunited (though they nonetheless stay on totally different continents) to create SuperWAV, a stripped down rock venture that simply launched its second EP, aTypical.
Given Anne’s largely darkwave and electro background and the truth that the siblings probably had to make use of a whole lot of digital tech to create the music collectively as a result of their bodily distance, SuperWAV is surprisingly sparse in the case of digital musical parts. They’re current, however the pair has been decidedly targeted on brass tacks with each their debut EP, Components, and the just-dropped aTypical. In accordance with Anne:
We wished the songs to be simple, direct and in your face. Principally: Let’s take out every little thing that the music doesn’t want. Scale back it to pure guts! The theme of (persona) archetypes is a posh one, and its exploration is including a considerate layer to the music.
Regardless of the stripped-down, naked bones rock really feel to aTypical, it’s additionally actually true that it’s a really nuanced EP. One might count on nothing much less from Anne Wichmann and her blood family members. Every monitor is called after one of many 5 persona archetypes; each the lyrics and music are supposed to be an interpretation of every one. “The Lover,” for instance, is tough and passionate and explores the previous adage, “love is blind” within the lyrics, whereas “The Harmless” is filled with ambient echo and the lyrics focus on the inevitable destruction of innocence.
Dubbed “stoner rock” by the band themselves, followers of Anne’s former tasks will battle to search out the connection to her previous darkwave work however it’s there in refined methods. Whereas they wished to maintain the music on the punk fringe of put up punk or the minimal fringe of grunge, there are nonetheless parts of drone and darkwave within the background manufacturing and tone of the album, respectively. SuperWAV’s first EP, 2018’s Components had extra apparent connections to electronica, however the backing manufacturing, association and engineering of aTypical relied on that darkwave information from previous tasks, based on Volker.
It’s a lot enjoyable to work collectively once more, and thrilling to search out new methods of collaborating throughout such a protracted distance. For ATYPICAL it looks like we picked up the place RAWJAW (the Wichmanns’ earlier band within the early 00s) ended – but discovering our personal sound of right this moment in each tune.
It doesn’t matter what you name this new Wichmann venture, followers will probably see the sister-brother duo going backwards and forwards over the strains of analog and digital in some ways because the proceed to develop the venture. It appears to be a focal point for each of them. Within the meantime, SuperWAV are constructing an excellent wave of a discography and followers ought to count on the sudden from this dynamic musical duo.
aTypical is out now and will be streamed on Spotify.