Warm Graves share new single & video ‘Sun Escape’
Leipzig-based project Warm Graves (the moniker of electronic composer Jonas Wehner) is today sharing new single ‘Sun Escape’ – the second to be lifted from his forthcoming ‘Ease’ LP which is due out February 25th on Fuzz Club Records. The new album is the long-awaited follow-up to Warm Graves’ 2014 debut ‘Ships Will Come’. This seven-year gestation between the two albums brings with it a transformation in the creative process of Warm Graves, much like the human body exchanges its cells every seven years – our human bodies being both the same and wholly other. An exercise in experimental, droning synth-pop, you can stream ‘Sun Escape’ and it’s accompanying video below. Last week, Warm Graves also announced some 2022 UK/EU tour dates in support of the album.
On the new album, Wehner reflects: “For me, ‘Ease’ always comes back to the idea of transformation. In this case, from struggle to ease, choirs to whispers, rush to patience. Those 7 years didn’t pass lightly. Life took a lot of turns and I had a lot to learn. It’s all in there compressed in 9 tracks.” "I've lit my own fate", he sings on ‘Sun Escape’ – a fate which he firmly places under the microscope across this album. Arriving following recent single ‘Neon’, Wehner says of the new track: “Set in a fictitious yet prescient future, ‘Sun Escape’ takes place in a world where people can't get outside anymore. It follows a character who is more and more restricted in action and thought until he becomes totally delusional. The less you dare the more you fade is the underlying message here.”
Describing the ‘Sun Escape’ video, Wehner and Berlin-based filmmaker Daniela Aranguren Rodríguez (who shot, directed and edited the video) said: “With claustrophobic film noir sequences placed in a surreal horror movie, Sun Escape comes across as that missing Twilight Zone episode set in 2021 - abstractly portraying an inner conflict with pale faces growing apart, shifting between a blank space and a haunting outside-world.”
Where ‘Ships Will Come’ dealt in ethereal, dream-like atmospherics guided by an operatic choir, ‘Ease’ promises a collection of harsher, more experimental electronic works touching on dark ambient drone, austere coldwave and synthesised kosmische musik. The transitions in this new album are more violent than before, expressing the difficult personal and social upheavals of its composition period. The choir is now absent and Wehner’s own voice assumes a more central, hypnotic stance. The soundscapes of the first album make way for something darker and a concentration of melody into a single voice – a voice no longer collective, but embodying both isolation and intimacy.
Warm Graves was brought to life by Jonas Marc Anton Wehner in 2012. In the years following the release of their epic 2014 debut ‘Ships Will Come’, Warm Graves soon found themselves touring with the likes of Exploded View and Moon Duo and sharing stages with The Soft Moon, Crystal Stilts, Efterklang and Moonface, among many others. As well as headline tours around Europe of their own, they’ve also appeared at such international festivals as The Great Escape, ATP, Iceland Airwaves, Roskilde and Eindhoven Psych Lab. Having spent the last few years quietly working on ‘Ease’ in the shadows, Warm Graves is now emerging once again as both a live and recording force – and doing so with a new live band, new album and reissue of ‘Ships Will Come’ (also released via their new label Fuzz Club Records) in tow.
04/03/2022 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz
23/03/2022 - Berline, DE - Berghain Kantine
24/03/2022 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
25/03/2022 - Düsseldorf, DE - Schlachthof
28/03/2022 - Leeds, UK - Hyde Park Book Club
29/03/2022 - Manchester, UK - YES
30/03/2022 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
31/03/2022 - Brussels, BE - Magasin 4
01/04/2022 - Paris, FR - Supersonic
02/04/2022 - Stuttgart, DE - Merlin