Frank Wiedemann drops exotic special version of WhoMadeWho ‘Silence & Secrets’

Frank Wiedemann (a.k.a. ÂME)
Frank Wiedemann (a.k.a. ÂME)

Danish trio WhoMadeWho are kicking off the New Year with a bang, after one of their most productive years on record. Following the critically acclaimed release of Silence & Secrets in November, the internationally applauded live band has asked iconic German artist and Silence & Secrets co-producer Frank Wiedemann (a.k.a. part of ÂME) to release his version of the captivating hit record.

Having carved a reputation as one of the most important artists to emerge onto the electronic music scene in the past two decades, Frank Wiedemann’s rise to global superstardom has been remarkable, to say the least. The German musician and label owner of Innervisions and Bigamo Musik, who is best known as one half me and is also a member of electronic music acts such as Schwarzmann and Howling, needs little introduction.

The iconic German stalwart, who has already contributed his studio expertise to the original mix alongside co-writer Jens Kuross just a few months ago, now steps up to release his own special rendition of the wistful, melodic cut.

I won’t call this a remix. It’s rather a finished earlier version that happened during the process of creating the original song. – Frank Wiedemann

With a warm modular introduction and stripped-back instrumentation making way for Tomas’ Høffding’s melancholic topline, we see Wiedemann’s luscious sound experiment merge with the hypnotic spirit of WhoMadeWho’s musical hallmark to create an eclectic, yet familiar sonic journey that keeps the listener guessing throughout. Frank’s version brings the original closer to the dancefloor, as he delivers an emotive hymn that will linger long in the memory, as subtle piano chords and ethereal tones give way to deep, chugging basslines and a climax of distorted harmonic synthesizers.

WhoMadeWho have established themselves as one of the definitive underground bands of their generation in the years since their inception, renowned for their exceptional grasp of emotional depth, heartbreaking melody, and inspired songwriting. The group, comprised of Tomas Høffding, Tomas Barfod and Jeppe Kjellberg, inject consummate professionalism into standout performances all over the globe, from Roskilde to Sonar, Melt! to Burning Man and have produced seven albums and a plethora of EPs, singles and remixes on labels like Kompakt, Innervisions, Life & Death. Their music is an electrifying combination of sounds, merging a variety of influences to produce a unique sonic fingerprint that is emotive, irresistible, and immensely satisfying, with Barfod’s penchant for electronic music poetically juxtaposed with Hffding and Kjellberg’s respective backgrounds in rock and jazz.

Embassy One has now released WhoMadeWho Silence & Secrets (Frank Wiedemann Version).