Glitterbug's albums, releases and remixes (on respected labels such as Mule, Nowtown, Ghostly, Ki Records and many more) have long placed him in a musical and artistic category of his own. He is a timeless, skillful and daring producer, immune to hypes and seasonal sub-genre fashions. He has developed his own particular musical language that spans seamlessly between deep techno and abstract intimate compositions, always poignant with score-like textures.
His 3rd studio album, Cancerboy, is another milestone conjoining powerful musical expression with heavy content. Cancerboy is an intimate autobiographical journey investigating one of the major experiences that shaped his life, his childhood struggle with cancer. Cancerboy is a personal, private chronicle of battles won and struggles lost, a sound-log suspended in an in-between world.
Cancerboy is an album on the edge of consciousness. Faraway reverbs and analog roughness gain presence, and forward strides an unreserved sound; candid, direct and near. It’s music that allows itself to be angry and desperate, to battle and depart, to challenge and gall. Yet within all its darkness are driving, hopeful moments that shine bright - celebrating a deep love of life.
Cancerboy will be released as CD / 2x12'' / Digital on May 7th, 2012.
From the liner notes:
I spent large parts of my childhood in hospitals, voyaging through the strange (and at that time experimental) world of radiation and chemotherapy, suspended in the twilight zone between hope and death, and a medically declared chance of survival close to zero.
These experiences deeply shaped me and the way I relate to the world, and over the years I felt a growing need to approach this topic through my music. So came about 'Cancerboy', an album about cancer, bitter struggles, desperation, hope, anger, sickness, and at the same time, a fervent love and deep appreciation of life. 'Cancerboy' is dedicated to my sisters and brothers in this struggle, both alive and dead. It's for all the cancergirls and cancerboys out there.
Mark, Isa, Ben, Daniel – I think of you, and I miss you and the others we lost along the way.
Shiri - I am so horribly sad you're gone, I hoped you would have still been able to see this released. Our conversations helped me so much to gain confidence for this project.
Thank you endlessly for your love and support: Ronni, Vici, Sibylle, Babse, Murat, Falko, Derwin, Ezekiel, and all dear friends far and near. I would be nowhere without you.
Many thanks also to the labels that have supported me and released my music and remixes: Ware, Wolfskuil, Mule, Notown, Ghostly, False-Industries, Ki, Obsolete Components, and to everybody that invited me to perform in the past few years.
And one more very special thank you to the team of the pediatric oncological department at the University Hospital Essen, Germany, between 1975 and 1983, for getting me this far.
Cologne, January 2012,
Cancerboy aka Glitterbug.