wolfgang tillmans drops a surprise ep thirty years in the making

After a quarter century pause in making music, the artist returned to it last year and is now releasing five tracks digitally and on vinyl.

by Felix Petty
06 July 2016, 10:55am

Fresh from leading the fight for Britain to remain in the European Union, making the case more eloquently and powerfully than many politicians, and his new exhibition at London's Maureen Paley gallery, Wolfgang Tillmans has dropped a surprise EP of music he's been working on. Announcing on Instagram, the photographer said "In January 2015 after a 26 year pause I started making music again", the results of which are coming out as 2016/1986, featuring two tracks he made this year, and three from 1986.

The record cements Tillmans lifelong artistic involvement in music, beginning his career as a photographer capturing the nascent European house and techno scene for i-D. The tracks recorded in 2016 featuring a kicking deep house stomper called Make It Up As You Go Along, made from samples recorded at a printing press, and an experimental abstract piece called Triangle / Gong / What.

On the b-side, though, things get grittier, with three pieces of energetic post-punk cold wave nihilism the photographer originally recorded to cassette in his hometown with Bert Lessman, and which he revisited earlier this year. Creating a new mix of his original vocals, and Bert's synth, as well as new instruments.


Text Felix Petty