Prog Award winner Claudia Brücken has teamed up with her former Propaganda colleague Susanne Freytag and the band’s former producer Steve Lipson (a member of Trevor Horn‘s pop prog band Producers), to announce a new album as xPropaganda. The new outfit will release a brand new album, The Heart Is Strange through their old label ZTT on May 20. You can listen to first single Don’t (You Mess With Me) below.
The new trio have also announced a London show at The Garage on May 24, where “Claudia, Susanne & Stephen will perform The Heart Is Strange in full, as well as some much-loved Propaganda classics from their back catalogue.”
Propaganda were formed in Dusseldorf in 1982 by industrial musician Ralf Dorper. The band signed to ZTT and released their acclaimed debut album A Secret Wish in 1985. Despite hit singles such as Dr. Mabuse and Duel, the band’s career became embroiled in legal wrangles and they split in 1990.
The four key members, Brücken, Freytag, Dorper and Michael Mertens, have reunited sporadically over the years. This current activity from vocalists Brücken and Freytag came about after the pair performed two sold-out shows at the Grarage as xPropaganda in 2018, and followed it up by convening with Lipson to begin writing new material.
“We always thought it was a shame that an album as distinctive and acclaimed as A Secret Wish seemed destined to be a one-off. It certainly meant a lot to us, and it never seemed right that the story stopped there. Working again with Stephen Lipson and means that we can turn our dreams about what the ZTT follow up to A Secret Wish would sound like into a reality.”
Claudia Brücken teamed up with former Tangerine Dream member Jerome Froese to record the Beginn album in 2018. The same year she won the Outer Limits Award at the Progressive Music Awards.
The Heart Is Strange will be available on coloured vinyl, black vinyl, CD, 2CD and digital
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- Propaganda - Dr Mabuse - white glove sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €9.44 (New Item) (arrived 17-May-2022 15:08)on May 23, 2022 at 11:40 am
PROPAGANDA Dr Mabuse (1984 UK 3-track 12" single, featuring Das Testaments Des Mabuse, Femme Fatale & [The Ninth Life Of...] Dr Mabuse, 'white glove' picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little shelfwear & the vinyl is excellent with minor signsofplay 12ZTAS2)
- Propaganda - A Secret Wish - German - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €14.16 (New Item) (arrived 29-Apr-2022 16:31)on May 23, 2022 at 11:40 am
PROPAGANDA A Secret Wish (1985 German 9-track LP, picture sleeve and inner. The sleeve shows a little shelf/ringwear whilst the vinyl shows only light signs of play)
- Claudia Brucken - Absolute - UK - 12" vinyl - £6.99, $8.74, €8.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-Mar-2022 16:37)on May 23, 2022 at 11:40 am
CLAUDIA BRUCKEN Absolute (1990 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, featuring the Shooting Star 12" Mix, Original Version plus Whisper, picture sleeve 12IS471)
- Propaganda - Only One Word - UK - 12" vinyl - £6.99, $8.74, €8.25 (New Item) (arrived 25-Mar-2022 15:50)on May 23, 2022 at 11:40 am
PROPAGANDA Only One Word (1990 UK 3-track vinyl 12" vinyl single featuring the Mirror Mix plus La Carne La Morte E Il Diavolo and Open Spaces, glossy picture sleeve VST1271)
- Propaganda - Dr Mabuse - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.00, €9.44 (New Item) (arrived 15-Mar-2022 10:30)on May 23, 2022 at 11:40 am
PROPAGANDA Dr. Mabuse (1984 UK 7" single, also including Dr. Mabuse Der Spieler, housed in a picture sleeve with superb white hand with black 'M' on black background with red 'Propaganda' text. The lightweight sleeve shows the odd crease from ring wear & the vinyl is excellent with minor signs of play ZTAS2)