Hauschka’s A(ba)NDO(ned) C(it)Y is a lively romp through a cold-stricken city. These were considered outtakes, too, so keep that in mind. From the moment “Varosha” kicks on, it will hook you with its jumpy piano chords. Volker Bertelmann¬†does so much with so little. The percussion filling the background becomes white noise, and, in a sense, amplifies what Bertelmann’s¬†playing on the piano. As¬†A Number of Small Things makes note of in the synopsis, A NDO C Y “owes as much to minimal techno as it does to modern composition.” A lovely Devendra Barnhart remix and an imposing Eluvium remix show up with this EP as the cherries on top AND a forty minute live session Bertelmann performed in Fukuin, Japan. You might think the¬†price tag is a little high for something with 1000 copies, but for what you get within the wax (and outside the wax) I’d say it’s worth the grab. Listen to A NDO C Y below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!
This LP contains 5 tracks from the 'Abandoned City' Outtakes + 2 remixes from Devendra Banhart and Eluvium + a live album as bonus download!
A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern composition, which makes them particularly conducive to remixes. On Side B, experimental folk icon Devendra Banhart distills Abandoned City standout, "Agdam", to barely-there, fractured clusters of solitary piano strikes and swelling synths. By comparison, Eluvium's transformation of "Stromness" sounds almost shockingly euphoric, all cascading waves of distortion washed over a plethora of plucked piano pings. Included as a special bonus download is a stunning live album recorded in Yufuin, Japan in late 2014. The 40-minute performance is split into two 20-minute improvisations built on themes from Abandoned City. It's a gorgeous glimpse of live Hauschka, a world where songs you think you know become entirely new works of art at the mercy of Bertelmann's whims.
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