About one month before the release of MÜTTERLEIN‘s second album, “Bring Down The Flags“, Debemur Morti Productions disclose the closing track, ‘Requiem‘. Driven by drums and wavering ambient loops, MÜTTERLEIN‘s composition unhurriedly evokes a haunting atmosphere of misery. Due to Marion‘s deep and grim screams, the predominant depressive vibe is soon complemented by wallowing pain and frustration. With its nearly twelve minutes length, ‘Requiem‘ develops a hypnotic character and captivates the listener by removing all unnecessary arrangements.
Listen to the track on the label’s YouTube channel:
Marion narrates about the creation and background of ‘Requiem‘:
“The writing of what became the lyrics to ‘Requiem‘ was the first thing that opened the concept of the new album itself. I decided very soon that they would be the last words I would say on “Bring Down The Flags“. I do not have much control over my compositional process. It is quite instinctive. Concerning this song specifically: I already had written the lyrics, like I said, and then I went on writing the drum lines and tried to find the right intensity and the right tempo that would fit my intentions concerning the vocals. It just sort of took a life of its own from there. It probably takes a special state of mind to create a song like ‘Requiem‘. I know this ‘Requiem‘ is a successful one because it provided the outlet for the ardor and the emotions that was stirred to the very depths along the whole writing process of this album.“
Conceptually, ‘Requiem‘ was specifically designed to end “Bring Down The Flags“:
“It was always clear that these words would end the whole story, yes. ‘Oblivion‘ being the exact last word you can hear. I also conceive “Bring Down The Flags” as a grieving process and as an attempt at transformation. ‘Requiem‘ would be the ultimate mourning ritual here and it buries much more than this album. It buries all that gave rise to the hurt and the anger it contains. It is a farewell, in fact … it burns it all … with strobes – acceptance … without hope.“
MÜTTERLEIN is the solo project of Marion Leclercq (ex-OVERMARS), composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.
Adopted in 2014, this pseudonym is a nod to the nightmarish yet fragile work of NICO, who in many ways deconstructed the unbearable myth of ‘femininity’ imposed on us. Musically, MÜTTERLEIN mixes Post-Punk savagery, Doom, Noise, Industrial and Black Metal to create a vast universe of Post-Metal experimentation.
First album, “Orphans Of The Black Sun” – released in 2016 on Sundust Records, a label co-run by Vindsval from BLUT AUS NORD – leaned towards the Post-Punk and Doom registers using minimalist, cold instrumentation to create a record organic and ritualistic as a witch-dance around a fire.
In 2020, MÜTTERLEIN responded to an invitation by the artist LIMBES (ex-BLURR THROWER) to create a mirror piece to his epic 25 minute track entitled “Vérité” (French for Truth) for a split release issued in 2021 by LADLO. The free format allowed MÜTTERLEIN to experiment even further, constructing a slow, desolate dreamscape of doom-laden Dark Ambient.
“Bring Down The Flags“, MÜTTERLEIN‘s second album, will be released in late 2021 by Debemur Morti Productions. Dark, haunting and immediate, the album incorporates more electronic sounds and blackened Industrial atmospheres to serve a more direct subject and voice.