Alexander Hacke, Mick Harvey, Danielle de Picciotto and Paul Wallfisch have announced details of The Ministry Of Wolves digital release of Happily Ever After.
Happily Ever After is a companion piece to the debut album, Music From Republik der Wölfe. Released on November 24th, 2014, the album features unreleased and unheard tracks, as well as German versions of tracks from the debut.
The debut album, featured in The Quietus’ best releases of the year so far, was originally created as a soundtrack to ‘Republik der Wölfe,’ a theatre production directed by Claudia Bauer, which premiered at the Theater Dortmund, Germany in spring 2014. To see more of the theatre production and how the album was written, watch a short film by Danielle de Picciotto here.
Music From Republik der Wölfe and Happily Ever After are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood.
Unreleased tracks on the album are “The Wonderful Musician” and “The 12 Dancing Princesses” - unheard before this release. German versions of tracks from the debut include Der Goldene Schluessel (The Gold Key), Die Weisse Schlange (White Snake Waltz) and Der Froschkoenig (The Frog Prince).
The Ministry Of Wolves are: Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (co-founder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund).
HAPPILY EVER AFTER TRACKLISTING
Der Goldene Schluessel
Little Red Riding Hood
The 12 Dancing Princesses
Die Weisse Schlange
The Gold Key
The Wonderful Musician
Happily Ever After | Music From Republik Der Wölfe
Listen to “Rumpelstilzchen” here.
Watch The Making Of Music From Republik Der Wölfe.