Sascha Ring, also known as Apparat, has released the video for “HEROIST.” The video, directed and edited by filmmaker Matilda Finn (Best New Director and Best Newcomer Dance at 2017 UKMVA), shows a dystopian vision of our search for enlightenment.
Reflecting on the film, Finn explains, “Narratively it is basically about how humans need to find enlightenment or meaning, and the irony is this is found usually in the darkest points, and you can’t emulate and force that. We are often trying to run and hide from hardship and challenges, but if you face it and accept it you can own it, and grow from it – which is essentially the backbone of enlightenment. It’s the odd duality of life: ‘from darkness comes light’ etc.”
Also announced today is LP5_RMXS, a new release collating remixes from Apparat’s latest album, LP5. LP5_RMXS is out November 29 on vinyl 12” and digital platforms via Mute. The release will feature Berlin-based DJ Radio Slave, DJ and producer Solomun, Hamburg’s Stimming, and Substance, aka Berlin’s DJ Pete.
“HEROIST” is taken from LP5, Apparat’s first release since 2013’s Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre), and follows two studio albums, II and III (Mute / Monkeytown) by Moderat, the trio he founded with Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary.
MORE ABOUT LP5
Sublime and delicate, Apparat’s LP5 finds greatness in small things and in unexpected twists. It joins musical fragments together and glows from the cracks in between. For Ring, it is also a document of artistic insight and autonomy. “I was only able to make the record this way because Moderat exists,” he says. “Having a huge stage with Moderat gave me a setting for grand gestures and meant I could unburden Apparat from these aspirations. I don’t have to write big pop hymns here; I can just immerse myself in the details and the structures.”
1. “CARONTE (Radio Slave Core Instrumental)”
2. “HEROIST (Substance Remix)”
3. “OUTLIER (Solomun Remix)”
4. “BRANDENBURG (Stimming Remix)”
Apparat 2019 Tour
September 20 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205 Live Music Space
September 21 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Reworks
September 28 – Brussels, Belgium – Hangar (DJ SET)
October 6 – Madrid, Spain – After Brunch (DJ SET)
October 13 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Philharmonie
October 14 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
October 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Bremen Theater
October 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Max @ Melkweg
October 19 – Mannheim, Germany – Jazz Festival
November 15 – Istanbul, Turkey – Zorlu Performing Arts Centre
November 16 – Parma, Italy – Parma Barezzi Festival
December 4 – London, England – Roundhouse
December 15 – Katowize, Poland – The Polish National Radio
December 16 – Wroclaw, Poland – National Forum of Music
Purchase Apparat’s latest studio album, LP5, here.