Snowflakes and Carwrecks

Released in UK, Europe & ROW: 23/02/2009
Released in US & Canada: 02/03/2009
Formats: CD / Digital / 12"
Cat. No.'s: CDFAT075 / DSFAT075 / 12FAT075
Barcodes: CD - 6 - 00116 - 92752 - 1
Digital - 06 - 00116 - 92755 - 2
12" - 6 - 00116 - 92751 - 4

Track listing:
1. Ginsterweg
2. Eisblume
3. Wonder
4. Tanz
5. Kindelsberg
6. Hauberg
7. Tagtraum
Snowflakes and Carwrecks

Press Release

On the heels of October’s ‘Ferndorf’ album, Düsseldorf-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 Hauschka’s ‘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 what’s 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 Bertelmann’s 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.



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