The new Electric Yakuza for Tannhäuser— what I did last night instead of going out to do my stand-up set. Downtempo, full or film references and dramatic as fuck— as it should. It’s the title track, and my first song in spanish, inspired by Tefalta Paranoia and Circulo Polar Artico.
Whoever discovers at least five references, either from film, music or literature, will 1. win a place on my eternal heart 2. get a free copy.
And with this, one more track and this album is getting done. Yay!
Quickly skimming through the lyrics (i.e. combing through every word because I don’t know Spanish) I can see some clever film/literature references which connenct to each other in subtle ways.
Such as riding on Zentropa (the railway from Lars von Trier’s Europa) to Venusberg (mountain from the legend of Tannhauser, or the book by Anthony Powell which I haven’t read), which is referenced slightly as “montaña sacra” (Jodorowski’s Holy Mountain). There’s also mention of “la Zona” (The Zone from Tarkovskiy’s Stalker) which is accessed by railway, and has that quality of wonder but also danger. There’s also a reference to The Naked Lunch in there (haven’t read the book or seen the film but I will soon).
And perhaps many more things I’ve missed. I didn’t find any musical references that I know of. Anyway, I want to pay money for this album so don’t give me a free copy.
You win sir! Very good analysis, too! I posted an english translation just right now, if you want to check it out here.
Still, you have that free copy! When it comes out, maybe you could gift it to somebody, or something like that. No idea!
Anyway— thanks for playing, and certainly thanks for listening! Cheers!