Brandt Brauer Frick, back to basics
The Berlin sound masters once again manage to outdo themselves and focus on their roots...
Ten years later, and Brandt Brauer Frick’s dance music venture is still going strong. While the surprise value has passed, and others have successfully taken up the mantle in their wake (Cabaret Contemporain, Magnetic Ensemble...), the German trio, whose originality comes from mixing classical instruments and electronic sounds, continue to find new avenues to explore - and just when we thought they had reached the limits of the exercise with Joy in 2016, which explored what lies between indie rock and post-punk.
On Echo, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick go back to the basics: “It's about getting back to what we started off with. When we were starting out, we just had one microphone and a broken piano to make our first album.” Forgotten are the glorious featurings of Miami (2013); the only guest on this record is Catherine Ringer of The Rita Mitsoukis, a favourite of these Francophile Berliners (Encore). The rest of the album shows that the trio is still capable of bold genre-crossings (Reste) and moving melodies (Masse). And then there’s the piano that never steals the spotlight but always stays in your head.
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