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Hauschka - 'Abandoned City'

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

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  • 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

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