Pantha Du Prince, aka Hendrik Weber, is set to follow up his breakout album from 2010 with a musical masterpiece of sorts. Titled The Triad, the new material features a playful mixture of synth arrangements paired with Weber's expertise in developing various rhythms. He's expanding his immersive sound and has shared another piece that only heightens our anticipation.
The new track, titled 'Frau Im Mond, Sterne Laufen,' which translates to “Woman In Moon, Stars Racing,” begins with beautiful shimmering ambience and seemingly scattered bits of percussion that come together in an addictive, ecstatic beat. The varying synth line emerges and delivers Weber's aptitude for experimentation with analog synthesizers that can be heard throughout the album.
On the song’s conceptual genesis Weber said:
"This album is about concrete utopia: how does The Triad affect our direct interaction, and how can we have a better life in the moment and not in a future vision? I came to the conclusion that it's about social interaction with other human beings; otherwise we are just lost.
"And the Fritz Lang movie Frau im Mond is basically about a concrete utopia as well. You have certain secret societies that control the world, and then you have the mad scientist who has the secret formula to a rocket engine.
"But the funny thing is, for the premiere of the film they built a rocket, and this rocket model was then used as a real early rocket. And this is what I think happens a lot today, without the people recognizing."
Watch a live performance of The Triad below:
The Triad is out May 20, and The Winter Hymn EP is out now via Rough Trade.
May 19-21 – Rome, Italy – Spring Attitude Festival
May 20-22 – Bordeaux, France – Hors Bord Festival
June 3 – London, UK – Jazz Café
June 1-5 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
July 3 – Montreal, QC – Métropolis, Montreal Jazz Festival
July 13-17 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
July 14-17 – Southwold, UK – Latitude Festival
Sept. 2-4 – Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic
Sept. 24 – Bochum, Germany – Ruhrtriennale