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the sparrows and the nightingales

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Artist : Wolfsheim 

Label : Dark Entries 

the sparrows and the nightingales / 12"

Wolfsheim are a synth-pop duo from Hamburg, Germany consisting of Markus Reinhardt (music) & Peter Heppner (lyrics and vocals). The band was founded in 1987 by Markus Reinhardt & Pompejo Ricciardi and was named after Meyer Wolfsheim, a fictional character from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby'. Ricciardi soon left the band and was replaced by Peter Heppner, a childhood friend of Reinhardt's. Together they produced their 1st demo tape, 'Ken Manage', in 1988. After making a 2nd demo tape, 'Any But Pretty', in 1989, Wolfsheim applied at various labels until they caught the attention of independent record label Strange Ways Records. They are best known for their debut breakthrough single, "The Sparrows And The Nightingales", the 1st single to be released on Strange Ways in 1991. The band's musical style takes cues from the 80's new romantics, new-wave, synth-pop, and darkwave. The track's sombre synths were produced by Carlos Peron of Yello. Reinhardt says the lyric was inspired by 'The Great Gatsby', "in the 'onomatopoeic tension' between predator and security". Over 6 minutes, the narrator describes being lost, unsure of where his life is heading, using highly metaphorical language. On the flip is a brand new remix by German producer Ancient Methods, a pseudonym of Michael 'Trias' Wollenhaupt, who provides a driving, EBM-leaning, amphetamine-laced club ready cut. Designer Eloise Leigh has updated the record's original design with 2 sparrows enclosed in a blood moon circle against a deep black purple backdrop. Each copy comes with a black and white photo postcard notes by Carlos Peron and the song's lyrics. This release comes in time to celebrate the single's 25th anniversary.

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