If there's one thing Mary Ocher knows how to do well, it's to take matters into her own hands. Born in Moscow, later relocating to Tel Aviv and currently based in Berlin, Ocher is quickly becoming a strong and established musical reference within the German capital's art scene. She personally knows no borders as a proclaimed world citizen, so her life's work shouldn't either: it leads her to travel, play live and place herself outside her comfort zone as much as possible.
With The West Against The People, her fifth album and second release via Faust's Hans Joachim Irmler Klangband collective, Mary Ocher's work is now more important than ever. As she reflects on immigration, social classes, racial/sexual minorities and the fear of others, or more broadly 'the unknown', she is able to tell her own story with a perfect symbiosis of sound, visual art and poetry.
After hearing The West Against The People and reading her essay for the album, we spoke to Mary Ocher in order to find out more about what triggered the creation of her new project and the urgent necessity of being vocal about the current global political crisis.
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