Brinkmann* ‎– When Horses Die ...

Max Ernst ‎– max.E. CD 16
CD, Album

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1 Words
Lyrics By – Winston Tong
2 Spiral
Lyrics By – Robert Smithson
3 Birth & Death
Lyrics By – T.B.*
4 Meadow
Lyrics By – Joseph Brodsky
5 Souls
Lyrics By – Marina Zwetajewa*
6 2suns
Lyrics By – Marina Zwetajewa*Read By [Japanese Lyrics], Translated By [Lyrics] – Kosuke Nishimura
7 Uselessness
Lyrics By – Robert Smithson
8 It's Just
Lyrics By – T.B.*
9 When Horses Die ...
Lyrics By – Velimir Chlebnikov*Lyrics By [Parts] – Joseph Brodsky
10 40 4:35

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they breathe
when grasses die, they wither
when suns die, they cool down
when people die, they sing...

Thanks to Trent Raznor and Winston Tong.
Thanks to Kosuke Nishimura for translating Marina Zwetajewa's "Two Suns" and speaking her lyrics in Japanese.

The album would not have been with and without T.
It's dedicated to the hypothetic alter ego "Copy Me".

Master: Pithopraxis

"...there is no life that couldn't be immortal if only for a moment..." Wislawa Szymborska

Digipak packaging.
The release does not feature the artist name.
Some copies wear a white/blue/red 3 stripes sticker with the Star of David over Russian flag and the name 'Brinkmann' on the sealable plastic coating.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: [MPO Logotype] CA MAXE16 @@ 12/14/2007 6:57:48 AM 0000326000
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1269


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December 5, 2011

WHEN HORSES DIE... starts with a simple piano line of "Words," when Thomas Brinkmann's own gravelly voice comes in. It's quiet, with a few hints of feedback coming through, and manages to evoke a dark beauty. Similarly, "Uselessness" is minimal in its composition, but heavy on the atmosphere. The icy ambiance of "Spiral" is like watching a loved one on life support -- slightly eerie, but still touching (to continue that metaphor, "Birth & Death" is like the cardiogram). Interestingly, Brinkmann draws on oftentimes draws on international poets for his lyrics: Joseph Brodsky for the twitchy "Meadow"; Marina Zwetajewa on the dubby "Souls" and the dancehall-inflections of "2 Suns"; and the futurist Velimir Chlebnikov on the low thrum of the title track. "40" ends the album the same as it started: a simple piano line, a pervasive mood. Beautiful.


September 6, 2008
"When Horses Die" brings a massive departure from Brinkmann's antihedonistic post-techno and shows his more accesibile face, still remaining quite experimental. Clicky beats have been replaced with gloomy atmosphere and dark aesthetics of modern new wave music. Combining partly digital, partly analogue electronics with organic sound results in a record that is both unique and full of various references (but not plagiarism!). Fans of Joy Division, Suicide and Coil should be more than satisfied, but orthodoxal techno lovers will probably be disappointed. An absolute "must have" and one of this year's best.