Arriving like the mysterious fully formed monoliths in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is the new album from Warsaw, Poland based ar st Aleksandra Grünholz aka WE WILL FAIL. Despite the fact this isn’t her debut (that was 2014’s „Verstorung” also for Monotype Rec.), this new double barreled shotgun of an album en tled „Hand That Heals
/ Hand That Bites” rings with the boldest sense of arrival you could possibly imagine. With a unique sound that is neither electronic, noise nor experimental but a unique o -cut of the three assembled into a style all her own, Grünholz’s sound runs parallel to ar sts like Sco Walker, Autechre, Pharmakon, Daphne Oram, Pansonic, Grouper, Laurel Halo, Demdike Stare, Vessel and beyond.
Both dark and anxious, the seven „Hand That Bites” tracks follow the blood reds of its cover art, deeply rhythmic, pulsing, energe c and brimming with the intensity of an ar st who has clearly arrived at an important place. Aleksandra notes „This part is ruder, more brutal, stronger, but at the same me more basic. The pulse, the harshness and the anxiety were really important to me. I know that some sounds are even dull. I le some parts dirty, raw. I wanted to show the strength that can seduce and mesmerize at the same me.” The rhythms here have some associa ons with Techno and club music, but for the ar st this is music for listening rather than dancing. Like Emptyset and other sonic explorers Techno elements embedded are merely part of the construc on – a sound reaching beyond any kind of norm.
The companion eight tracks, an alterna ve version of the same story according to Aleksandra, make up the „Hand That Heals” segment of the album. Again like its artwork, these tracks are lighter in touch, focused on atmosphere and experiments yet equally compelling and unique. Grünholz notes „I wanted one part to be more subtle with rich sound that was intricately constructed. I was concerned to make composi ons that are really re ned, full of details, so that each listening would
allow listeners to nd something new. There was some room for eld recordings. I inten onally have chosen recordings of common situa ons – overheard conversa on, some sounds recorded during travels – that in the same me are nota ons of speci c memories.” Being a visual ar st as well as a sound ar st Grünholz works in ways that can some mes
be conceptual: „The tle/s were created before work on the album started – Hand that Heals / Hand that Bites – it was an irra onal string of thoughts in my head for a long me – two inseparable elements that somehow make a complete con gura on.” Yet the end result has proven here to be quite immediate.
The tle of Aleksandra’s project We Will Fail comes from an observa on – „I o en think about perceiving reality. Everyone sees it a li le bit di erently. Our thinking a ects how we interpret things that we see. Watching is not equal with seeing things how they really are. In con ict someone’s victory is always someone else’s failure. The fact that something could be black and white at the same me was the star ng point to work on this new album.” We Will Fail has performed live on many European stages including at fes vals such as CTM, Unsound Krakow and Unsound Toronto. The album will be accompanied by stunning visuals developed by the ar st who also works as a graphic ar st. Live performances in Europe and America will follow the albums release in early March 2016.