Peter Zirbs – Wasted (ft. Loretta Who) * Official Video * (Video)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Zirbs with his new single ‘Wasted’. Taken from the On A Beautiful Day EP, released August 28, ‘Wasted’ features outstanding singer and songwriter Loretta Who.

Providing one of the two big emotional highlights on the On A Beautiful Day EP ‘Wasted’ sees bombastic, electronic arrangements meet with the fragile, soft voice of Loretta Who – rarely has human alienation been more charmingly packed into a song.

On A Beautiful Day seems to almost prophesise current events – what seemed unthinkable a year ago has become everyday life. With the charismatic former Archive frontman Craig Walker, Zirbs has invited an international guest to the studio for the single ‘Locked In’. Inspired by an old interview with the legendary singer Nico, Zirbs wrote the lyrics to the song last autumn. Today these lyrics read frighteningly up-to-date.

With the hypnotic track ‘The Grand Blackout’ and the energetic track ‘Intensive Care Unit’, Zirbs again proves his class and ability to playfully switch between minimal music and his early musical roots.

As part of the Viennese techno scene of the 1990s, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer Peter Zirbs released music under several pseudonyms and on various labels. He has broken down genre boundaries over the years, experimenting with analog synthesizers in the scene’s infancy, and finding success with his energetic and raw productions. His electronic music collective konsorten™ earned considerable airplay across the German-speaking world, he also produced for other artists and was responsible for the score of three highly praised art films.

In 2018, Peter Zirbs stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist, with his internationally-acclaimed album debut What If We Don’t Exist?. This debut release found Zirbs’ mixture of futuristic synth-pop, graceful ambient and minimal music being compared to Bowie.

“The closest and most apt sonic comparison for “What If We Don’t Exist?” would be David Bowie’s Low, with its mixture of futurist Synth-Pop and graceful ambient music” (Forestpunk / USA)

Reviewed by Nagamag on August 14, 2020