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Freier Geist

Sofia Portanet

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A few seconds of Freier Geist is all it takes for Sofia Portanet to transport us from 2020 to 1980. Despite being born at the end of 1989 and never having lived through the era, the German singer’s Qobuzissime debut album breathes new life into Neue Deutsche Welle. The ‘80s was a time when Nina Hagen reigned over Europe’s new wave and post-punk with high energy and madness and Kraftwerk was greatly expanding its audience. It was a time characterised by D.A.F.’s marching beats, the romantic ravings of Kate Bush, Toyah and Lene Lovich and the quirky pop of Falco and Rita Mitsouko. All of these artists are dear to Sofia Portanet, who was born in Kiev, grew up in Paris and now lives in Berlin. Singing as brilliantly in German as she does in English and French, she also finds inspiration in great voices who mixed film, theatre and cabaret, such as Ingrid Caven and Hildegard Knef. To summarise, without all of these references, the enchanting Freier Geist finds the perfect balance between longing for the ‘80s (even if you didn’t live through them) and glints of modernity. But above all, it’s the power of Sofia Portanet’s music that makes it so intoxicating. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Free Ghost
00:03:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2019 Copyright Control

2
Menschen Und Mächte
00:03:59

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2020 Motor Entertainment

3
Wanderratte
00:03:40

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2018 Copyright Control

4
Das Kind
00:04:05

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2019 Copyright Control

5
Planet Mars
00:03:23

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2019 Copyright Control

6
Waage
00:03:57

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2020 Motor Entertainment

7
Art Deco
00:03:29

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2020 Motor Entertainment

8
Ringe
00:04:28

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2020 Motor Entertainment

9
Racines
00:02:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Kahles, Composer - Sofia Portanet, Composer, MainArtist

2020 Duchess Box Records 2002 Motor Entertainment

Album Description

A few seconds of Freier Geist is all it takes for Sofia Portanet to transport us from 2020 to 1980. Despite being born at the end of 1989 and never having lived through the era, the German singer’s Qobuzissime debut album breathes new life into Neue Deutsche Welle. The ‘80s was a time when Nina Hagen reigned over Europe’s new wave and post-punk with high energy and madness and Kraftwerk was greatly expanding its audience. It was a time characterised by D.A.F.’s marching beats, the romantic ravings of Kate Bush, Toyah and Lene Lovich and the quirky pop of Falco and Rita Mitsouko. All of these artists are dear to Sofia Portanet, who was born in Kiev, grew up in Paris and now lives in Berlin. Singing as brilliantly in German as she does in English and French, she also finds inspiration in great voices who mixed film, theatre and cabaret, such as Ingrid Caven and Hildegard Knef. To summarise, without all of these references, the enchanting Freier Geist finds the perfect balance between longing for the ‘80s (even if you didn’t live through them) and glints of modernity. But above all, it’s the power of Sofia Portanet’s music that makes it so intoxicating. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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