Curse of Lono’s latest single pays tribute to his great-great-uncle, Heinrich Schwarz. ‘Krieger’ combines hazy melodies, soothing vocals, and a bruised ambiance, taking listeners on an emotional journey through Heinrich’s extraordinary life.
Felix Bechtolsheimer’s (Curse of Lono) storytelling prowess shines in “Krieger”, as it continues the distinctive qualities that made his previous album, “People In Cars”, widely acclaimed. The song’s laid-back atmosphere and gripping narratives captivate listeners effortlessly.
At the core of the song lies the heart-wrenching history of Heinrich Schwarz, a German Jew and decorated war hero known as “der Krieger”.
Despite immense personal tragedy, losing his brothers and brother-in-law in World War I—Heinrich fearlessly challenged the notions of German identity held by the young Brown Shirts, even at the cost of enduring brutal beatings.
His unwavering pride as a war hero remained unshaken.
Regrettably, tragedy struck when Heinrich, under the influence, voiced his opposition to Nazi atrocities, resulting in his arrest and imprisonment.
The cancellation of his business license left him and his wife, Karoline, in dire straits, pushing them to seek shelter with relatives in another village.
Despite his heroic past, Heinrich was among the first Jews deported by the Nazis, ultimately leading to his incarceration in concentration camps.
“Krieger” transcends being just a song; it serves as a profound contemplation of one man’s resilience and fortitude in the face of adversity.
The track’s deep emotional resonance is elevated by the captivating music video, crafted by artist Stefano Bertelli. By seamlessly merging World War I trenches and Curse of Lono’s contemporary performance, the video evokes a sense of historical continuity and relevance.
In summary, “Krieger” stands as a poignant and powerful ode to history, skillfully narrated through Curse of Lono’s distinctive musical style and masterful storytelling.
This soul-stirring single, complemented by the visually captivating music video, demands attention and serves as a timely reminder of human stories that must never be forgotten.