[17th September 2021] German musician and producer Luis Ake is known for his genre-bending, convention-defying and out-of-the-box musical creations. He’s made a name for himself by effortlessly moving through the imagined boundaries between genres, crossing them and connecting the unexpected unlike anyone else, transcending genre altogether. Now, the prince of Synth-Pop returns to offer up his long-awaited second album, Liebe, released under Mansions & Millions.
10-tracks long, Liebe, or ‘Love’ in English, is a groundbreaking body of work from Luis Ake who continues to grow as an artist with each release whilst expanding the very definition of German pop.
Lyrically captivating and conceptually complex, Liebe sees Luis Ake cleverly explore the dimensions of our being as humans in search of an explanation for what we understand as romantic love and its manifold mysteries.
Slinking seamlessly between Synth Pop to Dark Wave, to Italo Disco and Neue Deutsche Welle, no stone is left unturned when Luis Ake creates and Liebe is a shining example of his immense talents and unending versatility.
A true artist, Luis Ake is a man who is fully in charge of his sound and artistic vision, whether it be opening up about heartbreak or lighting up dancefloors with 80s inspired grooves, Luis Ake welcomes his own vulnerability, embracing the unknown and this album is just as much a unique perspective and exploration of sound as it is of Liebe.
It’s also about multidimensionality to him, it’s about avoiding repetition and embracing pathos, not shying away from big feelings and creating a new world for the listeners, a world in which they can be completely and utterly absorbed, which they can shape and understand as they please. In search of the explanation for love, perhaps, and for the one beautiful dream that is never going to end. Even if you have to journey across dimensions to achieve it.
Luis Ake Biography:
Ever since Luis Ake’s 2019 debut ‘Bitte Lass Mich Frei’ recalibrated what German pop music could be and nothing has been the same. He moves through the imagined boundaries between genres, crossing them and connecting the unexpected as if it was an easy thing to do. When Ake sings, it sounds strangely familiar, but at the same time outrageously new and futuristic.
With that inimitably versatile voice and a penchant for grand feelings and even grander gestures, coupled with self-assured vulnerability – but never without a knowing wink – he positions himself against any trend and sets, yes, we have to put it bluntly, his own instead. “I’m more inspired by the things I hate than the things I love,” he says, and you envision him right in front of your eyes, leaning against his vintage Porsche and taking a drag on a cigarette, eyes hidden behind big sunglasses, the expansion of the blue sky behind him, a few fluffy clouds passing by. Yes, all the other artists on Spotify are too one-dimensional for him, but he’s only really critical of himself: “For me, pop music is an art form that’s not exclusively about music.” No, pop is more than that for Ake, so much more.
One thing is certain: with this guy, you are not ever in danger of possibly getting bored. There is no method, no approach, no avenue Ake uses twice. It is rather part of the DNA of this idea of Luis Ake, this creation of his likeness to challenge himself, again and again, to create himself anew, to leave the boundaries of one’s own imagination. Luis Ake is not an artist, Luis Ake is an ongoing and always re-emerging new work of art. A slick cis-man who seems almost like a caricature of toxic masculinity, yet shattering this very caricature into pieces again and again.