The Persistence of Memory (album)
The Persistence of Memory is the fourth album by Emigrate.
|The Persistence of Memory|
|Studio album by Emigrate|
|Released:||12 November 2021|
|Recorded:||Funkhaus Studio Berlin, Germany (Drums)
Sky van Hoff Studios, Germany (Drums)
Studio Engine 55 Berlin, Germany (Vocals, Guitars, Basses)
Sky van Hoff
|Emigrate album chronology|
|Singles from The Persistence of Memory|
After Richard came home from the Europe Stadium Tour 2019, he fell into a deep hole. He didn't know what to do and thought about quitting music in general, and turn to other things. While he didn't like the present he was living in, he forced himself to go to the studio and listen to old demos, as a way to travel to the past. When he started to work on all those songs, he re-arranged and wrote new lyrics, he felt that he was still having fun in making music. Richard says: "The past has probably saved my life a little bit, through that I then saw the future again." Taking the trip down memory lane was also the spark for the album title: "That's why the album is called The Persistence of Memory - the only thing that held me during that time were my memories. Going back to the past finally showed me the future." It is named after the painting by Salvador Dalí.
Together with Andrea Marino, Richard worked on electronic remixes of the songs. But Richard decided to not mix those songs, because he wants to end this phase of Emigrate with a last album, before he turns to these electronic songs. The original idea was to release a vinyl box of the first three Emigrate albums with an additional disc with songs that weren't previously released.
Album title, artwork and pre-order date were revealed on 12 September 2021, via Emigrate's official social media channels. Two days later, the German magazine Sonic Seducer, leaked the release date of the album. The press release shows a release date of 22 October, which indicates that the album release has been pushed back. On 14 October 2021, the release date was postponed to 12 November 2021. The vinyl editions were postponed to 17 December for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and to 21 January for the rest of the world.
The first issue of the CD release of the album has a few mistakes in the tracklist and in the credits of the booklet. The tracklist on the back still lists the song Yeah Yeah Yeah, which has been renamed to I'm Still Alive, which is already to be seen on all digital platforms and the tracklists of the physical releases on the official website. Additionally the song You Can't Run Away is named Runaway in the booklet credits. In December 2021, the first corrected CD has been found, which lists I'm Still Alive in all necessary places of the artwork.
- Always On My Mind was planned to be released on Silent So Long. Additionally Richard revealed that he started to work on the song ten years ago, because of a request by his label for an Elvis tribute album. So the songs earliest date is around 2011.
- Freeze My Mind was the first song ever written for Emigrate in 2001.
- I'm Still Alive comes from the sessions to the first album, Emigrate, as evidenced by scenes from it's music video, which were shot in 2007, which show Richard singing the song.
- Blood Stained Wedding was written between 2007 and 2011, when Richard was living in New York.
A press release was given out to promote the album. The full press release text is the following:
Emigrate. Aus dem einmaligen Projekt ist mehr als das geworden. Viel mehr. Die drei Alben EMIGRATE (2007), SILENT SO LONG (2014) und A MILLION DEGREES (2018) beweisen, dass hinter Emigrate mit Richard Zven Kruspe ein überaus kreativer Kopf steht, der neben Rammstein die Freiheit braucht, sich musikalisch anderweitig zu verwirklichen können. Bei Emigrate gibt es keine Grenzen, keine Barrieren, keine Schranken. Alles ist möglich, Sounds sind nicht limitiert – das zeigt besonders THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, das neue Studio-Album, das am 22. Oktober erscheinen wird.
|English DeepL translation|
Emigrate. The one-time project has become more than that. Much more. The three albums EMIGRATE (2007), SILENT SO LONG (2014) and A MILLION DEGREES (2018) prove that behind Emigrate is Richard Zven Kruspe, an extremely creative mind, who needs the freedom to be able to realize himself musically in other ways besides Rammstein. With Emigrate there are no limits, no barriers, no barriers. Everything is possible, sounds are not limited - this shows especially THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, the new studio album, which will be released on October 22.
|CD / Digital|
|2021-12-17||Germany||Sony Music||Vinyl||Gatefold||RammsteinShop exclusive||Red vinyl|
- Metal Hammer Germany 11/2021, p. 20
- Press release
- Emigrate's Instagram
- Sonic Seducer
- Sonic Seducer
- Official album credits
- msn.com, Richard Kruspe: Nach letzter Rammstein-Tour in "tiefes Loch" gefallen
- Radio Bob interview
- Sonic Seducer
- Sonic Seducer 10/2021, p. 17
- Rock Hard Germany, issue December 2021, p. 41