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Hauschka, a.k.a. Volker Bertelmann, is back with a new album 'What If', out 31 March 2017. Read more info on the release after the jump; listen to first track "Familiar Things Disappear" here:

Since the release of his debut album, Substantial, in 2004, Volker Bertelmann – aka Hauschka – has, slowly but surely, earned a remarkable reputation as a purveyor of imaginative, distinctive, prepared piano music. With his eighth album What If Bertelmann expands his range even further, defying expectations and delivering what is without doubt his most ingenious album yet.

Bertelmann has found increasing amounts of work as a soundtrack composer, working on scores for a number of documentaries and feature films, not least James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle and, alongside Dustin O’Halloran, Lion, for which they’ve both been nominated for a Golden Globe. Nonetheless, despite this rush of activity – or perhaps even inspired by it – What If reveals itself as the work of a man hungry to explore new sounds, eager to experiment with new approaches, and undeniably revelling in this irrepressible outpouring of creativity.

Overflowing with haunting melodies (“I Can’t Express My Love”, “Familiar Things Disappear”), mysterious sounds (“I Can’t Find Water”, “My Kids Live On Mars”), complex patterns (“Constant Growth Fails”, “Nature Fights Back”) and a rare dexterity that’s hopefully matched by the intellectual response to the challenging scenarios its titles envisage, What If crowns an extraordinary couple of years for Bertelmann.

Likely to prove one of 2017’s most original albums, while at the same time inspiring questions about the very nature of the world we inhabit, What If redefines the very notion of piano music in a dramatic and exceptional fashion. It stands as a rebuttal to those who lazily seek to shoehorn Hauschka’s work into the so-called, uncomfortably broad ‘new classical’ category, and instead underlines his status as a unique and invaluable artist.



Read the Clash article explaining how the whole thing was a coincidental accident, and how it was inspired by architecture as well as the rural landscapes of the small Japanese town 'Yufuin'. Watch the abstract video for 'Part 1' of this improvisational record right here: Read the Clash article explaining how the whole thing was a coincidental accident, and how it was inspired by architecture as well as the rural landscapes of the small Japanese town 'Yufuin'. Watch the abstract video for 'Part 1' of this improvisational record right here:

Epic performance of Hauschka, Múm, Samuli Kosminen, Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Sinfonieorchester on Boiler Room TV:

Epic performance of Hauschka, Múm, Samuli Kosminen, Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Sinfonieorchester on Boiler Room TV: