Hauschka - 'Abandoned City'

Volker Bertelmann brings the disparate influences of his youth together on a creepy concept album

  • Release Date 17 Mar, 2014
  • Record Label City Slang
  • Hauschka - 'Abandoned City'
7 / 10
Düsseldorfian Volker Bertelmann has always had disparate influences. A Chopin recital provided a musical epiphany when he was nine years old, while his first band was a long-forgotten hip-hop duo formed with his cousin. These interests collide on Hauschka’s bracing concept album ‘Abandoned Cities’, formed of ghostly odes to fallen municipalities we humans have left behind. ‘Elizabeth Bay’ – a deserted Namibian mining town – is one such terrain, surveyed here with prepared piano, frenetic rhythms and spooky swathes of delay, while ‘Sanzhi Pod City’ is as alien as its derelict UFO-like houses. ‘Thames Town’ – a Chinese metropolis nobody moved into – is so creepy you can hear the rats chewing through the wires.

Jeremy Allen

Share This

More Reviews

Viola Beach - 'Viola Beach' Review

Viola Beach’s name will always be synonymous with tragedy, but at least now we have a document of who this band were


'Finding Dory' - Film Review

It’s essentially just a slick remix of Finding Nemo, but Finding Dory’s emotional moments will definitely hook you in


'Born To Be Blue' - Film Review

Ethan Hawke toots the horn for Chet Baker in this not-quite-a-biopic that takes jazzy liberties with the truth

Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine