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. This isn’t, to be fair, a heavily populated field, but it’s one he’s made his own, and while some might have dismissed his work early on as a novelty, Bertelmann has proven himself to be uncommonly inventive, coaxing ever more unprecedented, euphonic sounds and rhythms out of his instrument. Even so, on What If – which finds him adding player pianos (also known as pianolas) to his armoury – Bertelmann expands his range even further, defying expectations and delivering what is without doubt his most ingenious album yet. The sound is unmistakably him, but more immediate and full-bodied than its predecessors. And despite this confidently direct new sound, paradoxically it’s also his most wild - organising chaos into a coherent, leftfield masterpiece.
Hauschka: What If
I Can't Find Water Hauschka 5' 08''
Constant Growth Fails Hauschka 4' 09''
My Kids Live On Mars Hauschka 3' 57''
I Need Exile Hauschka 4' 55''
I Can't Express My Deep Love Hauschka 3' 32''
Nature Fights Back Hauschka 3' 58''
Familiar Things Disappear Hauschka 5' 12''
Trees Only Exist in Books Hauschka 7' 25''
We Live a Thousand Years Hauschka 4' 06''