ALPHAVILLE – Sounds Like a Melody (symphonic version)

About the upcoming album ‘Eternally Yours: Alphaville, Germany’s biggest synth-pop export and creator of the legendary 80s anthems “Big in Japan”, “Sounds like a Melody” and “Forever Young”, has decided to go symphonic. The band is doing things on the grand scale and catapulting the band’s 40 years of greatest hits out of the orbit of synthesizers and rhythm machines into the world of the human sound machine, the symphony orchestra. Eternally Yours is more, much more, than a mere translation of the songs into the sound spectrum of a great orchestra. What it amounts to, rather, is a symbiosis of Marian Gold’s unique vocal capacities, the original Alphaville sound and the majestic power and rich timbres of the concert-hall-sized German Film Orchestra of Babelsberg.

“Eternally Yours” is about the everlasting theme of endurance and evanescence. The lyrics of songs from the past four decades were written predominantly by Gold himself. One central theme for Alphaville and Gold has always been the dream: “We really get around quite a lot, we’ve played almost everywhere, in our heads and out of our heads. All that goes into our music, into the idea of what Alphaville could be. It is like a never-ending dream. Those who hear our music hear fragments of this dream.” The title-track, specifically written for this event comes across like an amorous farewell letter. “I didn’t write a single line of my own for this song. All the words and all the ideas come from Shakespeare’s Sonnetts. All I did was recompile and minimally adjust them, so as to make them more singable for me.”

“All 23 musical pieces on this album have been essentially clarified by their arrangement, they’re stripped clean, released, set free. Their true nature has been revealed.” Gold and his two arrangers Max Knoth and Christian Lohr have given this album the sonic ambience that matches the musical content of its songs. The songs don’t sound overblown, either, they’re not pushed beyond their limits – on the contrary, the album has such natural, warm, even familiar tones that listening to it, you wonder why there haven’t been more symphonic arrangements of Alphaville songs in the past. Gold goes so far as to say: “When I hear it, ‘Eternally Yours’ really does sound as if it were actually the first Alphaville album – except that for forty years, it lay unreleased. We simply didn’t have access to an orchestra in those days.”

The album Eternally Yours by Alphaville with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg will be released with @NEUE MEISTER on September 23, 2022.

Marian Gold about “Sounds Like A Melody”: “After ‘Big in Japan’ we had been told by the record company to write another hit. Sometimes it is handy to listen to other people.”

Question: “How often do you forget the lyrics to a song when you’re performing?”

Gold: “That only happens with ‘Sounds like a Melody’ and for some strange reason it never got better over the decades. But sometimes there are merciful fans in the audience holding up big banners with the respective lyrics.”

Written by
Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens
Director: Alex Schroer

Recorded with Filmorchester Babelsberg