RIYL: Philip Glass, Hans Zimmer

Label: Altin Village & Mine

Here was stand again in the presence of a quiet giant. Even though notoriety is a fleeting thought too many modern day experimental composers, it’s worth noting that music’s glass ceiling is one that can be broken through tempered thought, tranquility and shear ingenuity. The confines of what music is can be restricting and isolating but providing a space for true invention and contemplation brings forth brilliance that would otherwise be snuffed out. P.A. Hülsenbeck has entered that space with Michael Schönheit and the musicians they’ve acquired for their newest collaborations.

It’s worth noting that this is not a soundtrack nor written for another capacity, but rather an expression of each instrument, or should I say sound, that was employed in the space provided. With restrictions thrown out the window, the unrelenting drama and atmospheric feeling revels in the moods and expressions directed by P.A. & Michael.

Each instrument acts as a person, from the complicated nature of the cello and it’s allies, to the expansive and bold organ arrangements that instill confusion in such a beautiful way, brings to life one song after another as if to say “we have a life of our own that has not been expressed”. The tracks are extremely visual, letting your mind wander and be carefully lead through different landscapes that are highlighted by the instrument that poses them. Take a step back from the norm of each instrument profile norms and gather yourself together for something new, breath-taking and expansive beyond the scope of your musical knowledge.

Here is a little background information behind each of the artists.

After his studies in conducting, piano and organ, Michael Schönheit started his first organist position in 1985, just one year before being appointed ­Gewandhausorganist in Leipzig in 1986. In this position he assumes artistic responsibility for the Gewandhaus organ concerts and thematic cycles, as well as collaborating with members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in the chamber music series and appearing as soloist with the Orchestra. Michael Schönheit has been Artistic Director of the Merseburg Organ Festival since 1994, assuming the additional role of Merseburg Cathedral Organist in 1996. He is in great demand as soloist the world over, appearing across Europe, the USA and Japan. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the ­Gewandhaus Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Phil­harmonic and New York Philharmonic, to name but a few.

Philipp Hülsenbeck started his musical career as part of the experimental pop outfit Sizarr. Between 2009 and 2016, they released two albums, Psycho Boy Happy and Nurture, played tours across Europe with festival appearances in the USA, Iceland and Spain. After the band went on hiatus in 2017, he started focusing on his solo works, conceiving his solo debut Garden Of Stone, released in 2018 via Altin Village & Mine. Since 2017, he has been working with Fabian Altstötter as part of his project Jungstötter. Together with long-time collaborator Tim Roth (1k Flowers, Sin Maldita) he runs the record label and art platform Unguarded.

The album is available on black vinyl as well as Milky Clear vinyl, limited to 100 per Jim Kühnel.

Reaping From The Conflux by P.A. Hülsenbeck & Michael Schönheit

The Details

Format: 2×LP/CD/Digital
Releasedate: October 30th, 2020
Label: Altin Village & Mine
Cat.-Nr.: AVM 069

Limited to 100 Milky Clear Vinyl.

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Price $21.60

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