DAS MÖRTAL UNVEILS NEW ALBUM BURY THE SORROW TODAY
TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2023 – Today, Canadian synthwave reference-artist, Das Mörtal, unveils his highly anticipated new album, BURY THE SORROW, via Lisbon Lux Records. BURY THE SORROW marks a new direction in Das Mörtal’s music making process that focused more on the artist’s manner of dealing with themes of mental struggles, pressure, and other troubles brought up by the pandemic, and ultimately about how hard the album itself was to make. From techno to trap music with hints of dark trip hop, you can hear the unstable mindset in which the album was created while still retaining the occult electro & techno brand that Das Mörtal is known for. Listen to BURY THE SORROW on all platforms here.
Visualizers for the album (watch here) were created by artist, Guillaume Vallée, and the album artwork comes courtesy of artist, Marie Bergeron. The wavy lines in the background of the cover channel Joy Division’s UNKNOWN PLEASURES, in both visual aesthetic and the sorrowful output of music. The central orb resembles the moment Neo-Tokyo exploded in Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece, AKIRA, and just like its main antagonist, Tetsuo, who struggles with mental instability, Das Mörtal’s mind was about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
“It goes in so many stylistic places because that’s how my brain was working,” Das Mörtal explains on making the album. “Being stressed, lazy, anxious and etc... while working on just one track, can make them feel a bit erratic. It makes them sound less over produced and more genuine to the creative struggle I was in.
In the past, my music was based on imaginary narratives, almost being soundtracks to non-existent films,” Das Mörtal adds. “This new album is more personal and about the struggle of actually making it.”
The standout single, NOSHAME, accompanies the release today. The song starts with a feeling of shame about not being able to make meaningful music during the confinement of the pandemic. Eventually though, Das Mörtal realized that this mental block was normal and nothing to be ashamed of. With the memory of his childhood and being an outcast, NOSHAME's message acts as a warm, comforting shelter. Drawing inspiration from the bands he loved when he was young, such as Depeche Mode, he tried to fuse his brand of electro, techno and dark wave with the new wave tones he grew up with. Listen to NOSHAME and watch the visualizer, here.
"That it just exists... I’ve never been the kind of person that constantly produces and ends up with 50 demos per year,” Das Mörtal says. “I’ve always worked at home because it’s the only environment I really enjoy. I’ve recorded more vocals than ever on this album though. Nothing too deep, because I like when vocals are more of a layer or an instrument rather than a narrative for the listener to pay attention to.”
To celebrate the release of the new record, Das Mörtal will play his album release show in Montreal on November 16 at Newspeak, as a part of M pour Montréal. More details here.
Stay tuned as Das Mörtal’s story unfolds with BURY THE SORROW grows in the months ahead.
November 16 – Montreal – Newspeak (M pour Montréal)