Songs that have been sung for a thousand years, like you’ve never heard them before.
Laibach - The Sound of Music is out on Mute on November 23.

The Album

The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).

While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included ‘Arirang’, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relations.

The Music

Tracklist
1. The Sound of Music
2. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
3. Do-Re-Mi
4. Edelweiss
5. My Favorite Things
6. Lonely Goatherd
7. Sixteen Going On Seventeen
8. So Long, Farewell
9. Maria / Korea
10. Arirang
11. The Sound of Gayageum
12. Welcome Speech

The Tour

Watch video for the opening track

Laibach - The Sound of Music

Formats

Vinyl
Vinyl collection

The Sound of Music

Special Vinyl package + booklet with original artworks.

SIDE A
1. The Sound of Music
2. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
3. Do-Re-Mi
4. Edelweiss
5. My Favorite Things

SIDE B
1. Lonely Goatherd
2. Sixteen Going On Seventeen
3. So Long, Farewell
4. Maria / Korea
5. Arirang
CD
CD collection

The Sound of Music

Special CD package + booklet with original artworks.

1. The Sound of Music
2. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
3. Do-Re-Mi
4. Edelweiss
5. My Favorite Things
6. Lonely Goatherd
7. Sixteen Going On Seventeen
8. So Long, Farewell
9. Maria / Korea
10. Arirang
11. The Sound of Gayageum
12. Welcome Speech
Digital
Digital collection

The Sound of Music

Digital download of the album.

1. The Sound of Music
2. Climb Ev'ry Mountain
3. Do-Re-Mi
4. Edelweiss
5. My Favorite Things
6. Lonely Goatherd
7. Sixteen Going On Seventeen
8. So Long, Farewell
9. Maria / Korea
10. Arirang
11. The Sound of Gayageum
12. Welcome Speech