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Pole Details New Album, 'Fading'
Christian Eede , August 13th, 2020 18:03

It's his first solo album in five years

Stefan Betke is releasing a new album as Pole.

Titled Fading, it's his first solo record since 2015's self-released Wald, and follows on from 2017's Conrad Schnitzler collaboration Con-Struct. Above, you can listen to Fading's lead track, 'Röschen'.

"The album was mostly inspired by the idea of memory loss," Betke says of Fading. "My mum had dementia and I saw her losing all the memory that she had accumulated over her 91 long years. When losing that memory it turned into what she was probably like in the beginning of her life when she was born – like an empty box."

Referencing his first three albums, which were originally released between 1998 and 2000, Betke adds: "Every Pole record connects to recordings that I've made before. In order to stay in this kind of vertical development, the ideas from 1,2,3 up to now are connected. I keep the interesting elements, languages and vocabulary that I designed and add new elements."

Betke's first three albums as Pole were all reissued by Mute in a box set this past April.

Mute will release Fading on November 6, 2020.