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April 17, 2009

Snowflakes and Carwrecks by Hauschka

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Snowflakes and Carwrecks by HauschkaMany years ago, when the world was young, I bought Academy In Peril by John Cale, his second solo album. I suppose I was looking for some more of what Cale had given The Velvert Underground and so I didn’t imagine I would get a ‘classical music’ album. As an album it was almost certainly responsible for the interest I developed in the contemporary classical scene. The highlights of this album were two solo piano tracks, Brahms and Academy In Peril that fascinated me for many years. They both consist of a solo piano being played simply and slowly but somehow time seems to slow down when you listen to them.

I get a very similar effect with some of the tracks on Hauschka’s latest EP (7 tracks totalling 39 minutes). It must be doing wonders for my blood pressure. Snowflakes and Carwrecks has a hypnotic sadness provided by the string duo that interplays with the precussive effect of the prepared piano. Motifs are developed but in an organic way rather than the near-mechanical sequences of Phillip Glass. The tracks are all taken from the Ferndorf sessions and I am even more impressed with this EP than the full album. This is music to immerse yourself in.

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