Thursday, May 7, 2009
FoundTrack's Winter '09 Collection (Track 13/22) - Hauschka - Freibad
Hauschka - Freibad (Track 13/22)
Album -Ferndorf (Sample/Purchase)
Label - FatCat
Dusseldorf-based experimental pianist / composer Volker Bertelmann’s work as Hauschka is 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 like himself to turn it on. His resulting tracks are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful research-enthusiasm. The album title of his second FatCat release, ‘Ferndorf’ (which translates as ‘distant village’), relates to the small, central German village set in a landscape of valleys and pine forests, in which Volker grew up. ‘Ferndorf’ is a far more expansive and fully-realized album than his previous body of work, with many of the tracks also featuring a string duo, enabling an increased solidity where his staccato stabbing rhythms are rendered increasingly rousing and emotive with these additional strings. Our featured ‘Freibad’ translates into an outdoor swimming pool in the forest, where you can go swimming in the moonlight. For those of you in LA, you can catch Hauschka's captivating performance live tonight at Largo at the Coronet for the record release show for labelmate Tom Brosseau. In case you miss out, here's a live segment of our featured cut.