Set for release on August 27, ‘All Too Human’ is the new EP from London-based electronica artist, ThanksFriedrich.
ThanksFriedrich takes his name from the 19th century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, whose book, ‘Human All Too Human’, was originally published in 1878 and was subtitled, “A Book For Free Spirits”. The book contains a variety of concepts in short paragraphs or sayings, and was the first of what would become his signature “aphoristic” style.
Multi-talented producer, musician, and artist, ThanksFriedrich has been interested in music since his very earliest days, dabbling with music software, but ultimately turning his focus to academics and sports. Things turned around however when his father was diagnosed with, and ultimately died from, pancreatic cancer, and ThanksFriedrich had an epiphany about living life to the fullest, and the fragility of existence:
‘It was a horrible awakening and so I decided to do what I always should have – create music.’
He immersed himself in music, moving from full-time to part-time work, and studying Music Production and Technology at the London Academy of Music Production, and started writing music, with this year serving as the start of his releasing career.
The EP, which is set for release on what would have been ThanksFriedrich’s father’s birthday, is an intriguing journey through human emotion, encouraging self-reflection. Each track has its own special characteristic: from the love themes of EP opener, ‘The Word Is Love’, with its fluffy synths and hopefulness, to ‘Paper Thrones’ taking a look at society’s deep-set desires of capitalism. ‘The Night’, which follows on from this track, is a tale of anguish and yearning. From here on in the EP turns its focus to loss and death, written from the dual perspective of his father as he was dying, and his own, as he observed his final days. ‘It’s Okay To Feel The Pain’ draws on devastatingly emotional personal themes, while the EP closes ‘The Sun Will Shine Again’, which is a spoken word series of sayings and observations, set against an electronic background. While the track is quite sad, it turns the focus onto the idea that we should learn to understand what our feelings mean, and in so doing, things will get better.