Saturday, February 14, 2009
Hauschka - Snowflakes And Car Wrecks EP (2009) (AWESOME !!!)
Genre : Ambient, Experimental, Piano, Classical, Electrocoustic
On the heels of Octobers Ferndorf album, Dusseldorf-based pianist / composer Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) kicks of the new year with a beautiful extended EP of previously
unreleased material, all of which was recorded during the Ferndorf sessions. Featuring seven new tracks (five on the vinyl edition), the EP is a great follow-up to an album which has continued to draw widespread critical acclaim.
Where previous albums comprised mostly solo recordings of Hauschkas prepared piano (with a few electronic and instrumental overdubs), Ferndorf was a far more expansive and fully-realised album, with many of the tracks also featuring a string duo, enabling an increased solidity and an
expanded, rousing dynamism. Still retaining the shivers and tics (as by-products of) of the modified internal workings of the piano - alongside some sweet electronic touches - these are less central and instead whats foregrounded is the melodic / rhythmic push and pull, and a development towards more orchestrated music and notated compositions.
Having studied classical piano for ten years, Dusseldorf-based pianist / composer Volker Bertelmanns work as Hauschka is largely based upon a playful exploration of the possibilities of the prepared piano - an adventurous intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument simply waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it. His resulting tracks are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful research-enthusiasm.