Show DescriptionSophie Hunger’s first studio album, "Monday’s Ghost”, was released in the spring of 2009, climbed to number one in the Swiss album charts and achieved gold status. But her supreme discipline remains the stage. What stands out the most during her multilingual concerts, besides her vocals, are her jazzy improvisations on the piano, the sounds from her electric guitar that she plays like a punk princess and her folkie harmonica solos. In 2009, Hunger and her 5-member band traveled all across Europe, where they played more than 100 concerts. Hunger’s performance at the European newcomer festival Eurosonic in January 2010 was described as “one of the best gigs of the entire festival” (Kinda Musik). She was invited on France 2 & 4 to the music spectacle “Taratata”, performed in Paris at the Cité de la Musique, Olympia and Peter Brooks’ Theater Bouffe du Nord. In Germany she also played a predominantly sold out tour accompanied by performances on ARTE, ARD and 3Sat.
During this time Hunger already felt the urge for a new album. “It’s not just the outer things that exploded, it also happened inside of me somehow.” Thus the new album, 1983, already came about at the end of 2009. In cooperation with sound engineer Stephane Briat (Phoenix, Air), Hunger produced a quadrilingual album in Paris. And 1983 truly sounds like a reinvention. Hunger freed herself from acoustic soundscapes. Electronic sounds, a drum computer and all kinds of effects mix with dry harmonicas, blasting beats and distorted choruses. She also freed herself from the spectral, mystic lyrics of the previous album. This time around she speaks to us with imperative and direct images.
It’s not easy to pigeonhole Sophie Hunger. Her medial presence is ambivalent, sometimes she distances herself, and sometimes she’s very precise. She has gained the reputation of being intractable. Asked about the reason for her musical success, she said: “I don’t know. It must be a mysterious mixture of utter coincidence and perceived necessity.” Or, during a television interview, when asked about where her boundaries lie, Hunger traced the outline of her body with her finger. Her fictional, anarchic columns in “Die Zeit” don’t make her categorization any easier.
The album 1983 will be released in the spring of 2010 and will be followed by a European-wide tour in which Sophie Hunger will once again enter unchartered territory.