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Artist
Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel
ReleaseProduct
SEX
Label
PAN
Catalogue Number
PAN116DIGITAL
Release Date
September 3, 2021

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Press Release

SEX was composed during the formation of Imhof’s art show of the same name, previously exhibited at Tate Modern, London, The Art Institute of Chicago and forthcoming at Castello di Rivoli, Italy, this September. Imhof, Douglas and Bultheel, reworked the songs from how they appeared in the exhibition ‘SEX’. The result is a compelling record that acts as an imaginative accompaniment to the ‘SEX’ performances, as well as standing alone as a progressive collection of contemporary compositions.

SEX references punk, industrial and grunge, and boldly juxtaposes these forms with music of the classical and baroque period. The album combines classical formals and orchestration with vocals that are rooted in subcultural traditions, thus beautifully overdrawing and overwriting these forms with the composer’s own. Harpsichord and oboe are combined with distorted electric guitar, or exuberant string ensembles with heavy industrial drums.

The amalgamation of genres contained in the album was also integral to the choreography of SEX, where walzes and tangos were contrasted with stage diving, slam dancing and moshpits. What resulted was a surreal ballroom, loaded with desire and aggression. In the same vein, the record fearlessly shapeshifts, blends genres and styles evoking an impressive array of moods. Oscillating between fragility and flamboyance, Imhof and Douglas’ versatile voices reinvent themselves from one song to the next, while singing songs of love and hate.

The last song on Sex is ended by a quote of the band LOW, All you Pretty People, you're all gonna die`. This ambiguous moment, a prophecy sung in Douglas’ vibrating baritone voice, rattles the listener despite the mundane truth of the statement. This complexity is reflected in the album itself, allowing for an unusual multiplicity of emotions and interpretations with impressive depth and dynamism.

The album is mixed & engineered by Ville Haimala and mastered by Rashad Becker, featuring design by ZAK Group and photography by Nadine Fraczcowski. All tracks by Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas & Billy Bultheel, track 6* by Eliza Douglas & Ville Haimala.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Helmet Waltz Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 3:36 Buy
  2. 2 Too Late Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 4:59 Buy
  3. 3 Moshpit I Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 1:42 Buy
  4. 4 Vivaldi Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 3:21 Buy
  5. 5 Marlene Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 2:28 Buy
  6. 6 Bullshit Song Eliza Douglas & Ville Haimala 4:26 Buy
  7. 7 Moshpit II Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 2:17 Buy
  8. 8 Prince Waltz Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 3:16 Buy
  9. 9 Trabende Trabanten Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 1:43 Buy

    Trabende Trabanten

  10. 10 Dark Times Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 4:42 Buy
  11. 11 Helmet Boys Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 3:02 Buy
  12. 12 Clown Song Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 2:43 Buy
  13. 13 Pretty People Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas, Billy Bultheel 2:51 Buy

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