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Classical - Released February 8, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Following triumphs that included the imaginative experiments of 2017's What If and his scores for the films Adrift and The Current War, Hauschka's Volker Bertelmann makes his Sony Classical debut with A Different Forest, an album that exemplifies his talent at creating a sense of place with his music. Instead of the prepared piano that is usually at the heart of most Hauschka albums, Bertelmann uses pure piano to reflect the eternal beauty of the woods. However, A Different Forest is very much a piece with the rest of his work, echoing the searching feel of What If, the tender melodies of Ferndorf, and the musical landscapes of Abandoned City. Bertelmann begins the album with "Hike," a piece whose winding, contemplative melody feels organic and inviting; much like a walk in the woods, its ebb and flow lets listeners give themselves over to the rhythms of nature. In Bertelmann's hands, these rhythms are ever-changing. True to its name, "Urban Forest" is linear, percussive, and modern-feeling; "Hands in the Anthill" rises and falls on itself in intricate patterns. A Different Forest's moods are just as complex, spanning the effortless grace of "Dew and Spiderwebs" and "Skating Through the Woods," the sunny "Daybreak Over Covent Garden," and more somber moments such as "Talking to My Father" and "Woodworkers." By the time A Different Forest ends with "Another Hike," it's clear that this is a serene, thought-provoking album that grows richer with each listen. ~ Heather Phares
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Film Soundtracks - Released June 1, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 31, 2017 | City Slang

After spending several years composing music for films -- most notably 2016's Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated Dustin O'Halloran collaboration Lion -- Hauschka's Volker Bertelmann tells his own stories on What If. On his previous solo album Abandoned City, his inspirations were tangible and the music focused on the mainstay of his work, the prepared piano; this time, Bertelmann lets his imagination and arrangements run wild as he speculates on what life could be like in the not-too-distant future. To express these fantasies, Hauschka looks to rhythms inspired by hip-hop, superhumanly fast and accurate player pianos, and an Eventide H3000 Harmonizer and Roland Jupiter synth that add just the right amount of sci-fi wonder. Salon Des Amateurs already proved that Hauschka can incorporate unexpected sounds and sources into his music seamlessly, but there's still something special about What If's vignettes of loss, frustration, and occasional whimsy. A subtle political undercurrent runs through tracks such as "I Can't Find Water," where the prepared piano scrabbles as a melody shimmers like a mirage just out of reach, or "Constant Growth Fails," where the player piano's frantic arpeggios evoke Philip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi score. Though each of the album's songs are self-contained, Bertelmann's concerns sometimes suggest narrative connections; the startling "Nature Fights Back," the synth battle of "Familiar Things Disappear," and the reflective "Trees Exist Only in Books" play like a musical triptych of the world consuming itself. As vivid as What If's abstract worries are, some of the album's best moments are the ones that feel personal, whether it's the distance implied on "My Kids Live on Mars" or the spacious yet tender "I Can't Express My Deep Love," on which Hauschka does just that by imagining that he cannot. Here and throughout What If, the ways Hauschka explores the possibilities of his music -- and the future -- make it one of his most intellectually and emotionally engaging albums. ~ Heather Phares

Film Soundtracks - Released June 8, 2018 | SATV

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 13, 2015 | Karaoke Kalk

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 15, 2017 | Sony Masterworks

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 19, 2005 | Karaoke Kalk

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2004 | Karaoke Kalk

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Experimental - Released September 23, 2011 | Sonic Pieces

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 28, 2017 | Neue Meister

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Film Soundtracks - Released July 6, 2018 | Königskinder

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 4, 2007 | Karaoke Kalk

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 31, 2017 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 7, 2015 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

Film Soundtracks - Released May 25, 2018 | SATV

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Film Soundtracks - Released May 25, 2018 | SATV

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Film Soundtracks - Released August 14, 2015 | Milan Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 10, 2017 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2017 | Temporary Residence Ltd.

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 14, 2016 | Temporary Residence Ltd.