Here’s your weekly German media recommendation from Monoglot Anxiety. This time, it’s the song "Meine Schwester" by Kid Kopphausen.
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With that all out of the way, on to the recommendation!
I love this song, and it's one of the first German songs that I would play on repeat when I was first learning the language. I was just so struck by hearing something so clearly rooted in American folk and country music superimposed on German lyrics. Kid Kopphausen, which was founded by German musicians Gisbert zu Knyphausen and Nils Koppruch, draws a lot of influence from what they call "The America of Storytellers" in addition to contemporary sounds to achieve a really original sound. "Meine Schwester" specifically caught my ear for its energy and its lyrics, which are loaded with religious language and dark, weird imagery that wasn't anything like anything else on my playlists.
You can find "Meine Schwester" on YouTube.
I've hesitated to recommend it for a while despite really liking it because I still don't completely understand it. Despite having what I'd like to think is a pretty solid literal grasp of the lyrics, I struggle with pinning down what exactly the song is trying to say. The text is full of religious language and some lines hint to me that it might be about questioning faith. But in my defense, Kid Kopphausen's website indicates that they might have been going for just the sense of vague, uncertain reflectiveness that this song conjures for me:
..die Texte – Geschichten, Bilder, Innen und Außen. Moses zieht sein Hemd aus, knietief im Dreck, die Taschen voller Gold, in einem Feld aus Steinen, Wörter wie schwarzes Konfetti. Alle Mann an die Ruder, denn das Leben wartet hinter Geschenkpapier, das man erst zerreißen muss. Liebeslieder, Lebenslieder, Lieder wie Abenteuerfilme, die noch niemand gedreht hat, und über allem die Frage: Wer bin ich?
So yeah, maybe "straightforward text" was not what they were going for.
Anyways, that's it for this week!
Elise from Monoglot Anxiety