German electronic engineer Apparat, aka Sascha Ring, will follow up 2011’s The Devil’s Walk with a unique concept album titled Krieg und Frieden (Music For Theatre), due out February 19th via Mute. The album features a collection of music that will score German theatre pioneer Sebastian Hartmann’s forthcoming production of Tolstoy’s War & Peace.
“This is anything but conventional theatre,” Ring explains in a press release. “It’s a free space, where a bunch of freaks can go wild. It starts with the lights and stops with the actual actors. At night, we worked on the music in the empty hall. It was kind of magical.”
The musician holed up in an abandoned factory, where he rehearsed the music alongside a 30-piece ensemble over four weeks. He recorded the pieces alongside cellist Philipp Timm (cello) and violinist Christoph Hartmann, who are both members of his touring band. He adds, “In the studio the material got another twist, it became a real piece of music.”
“A Violent Sky” is the first selection to absorb and it’s a mellow piano-laden track that touches the heart in all the ways Chris Martin attempts to on each and every Coldplay ballad. Sigh, Tolstoy has never sounded so sentimental. Stream it below.