The undead Gothic pioneers of the Bauhaus have released their first new song in 14 years! The band’s four original members – Peter Murphy, David J, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins – recorded the song, titled “Drink the Wine”, during lockdown, contributing their parts remotely. Even more fascinating, they composed the work using the “exquisite corpse” method invented by the surrealists at the beginning of the 20th century. “Drink the Wine” is a wonderfully avant-garde dub track that fuels my excitement for their upcoming tour. Call the curtain, raise the roof, the spirits tonight! From the group’s statement:
“Drink The New Wine” was recorded last year during the lockdown with all four members sharing audio files. The track uses the Surrealists’ ‘Exquisite Corpse’ device in which each artist adds to the piece sans ‘Drink The New Wine’ was recorded last year during lockdown with all four members sharing audio files. The track uses the Surrealists’ “Exquisite Corpse” device in which each artist adds to the piece without seeing what the others have done. The Bauhaus used this technique in the past with great success. The title refers to the very first drawing of Cadavre exquis made by André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy which included words which, when strung together, made up the phrase “The exquisite corpse will boiara le vin nouveau”. will drink the new wine.”) For the recording, the four musicians each had one minute and eight tracks plus a shared sixty seconds plus four tracks for a composite at the end. All without hearing what the others had planned The only common thread being a pre-recorded beat courtesy of Kevin. The final playback came as a synchronic revelation.