A native of Hamburg, Germany, pianist and composer Niklas Paschburg creates pastoral instrumental music that blends warm acoustic tones with electronic ambience. Much like fellow Germans Nils Frahm and Hauschka, Paschburg's music is greatly imbued by a sense of place and is inspired by elements of weather and nature. After debuting in 2014 with the pulsing single "Dawn," he made a more formal release with 2016's six-track Tuur Mang Welten EP via the Unperceived Records imprint. Paschburg eventually earned a deal with Berlin label !K7, and in early 2018 he released his first full-length album, Oceanic.
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Electronic/Dance - Released February 28, 2020 | 7K!
Housed by !K7, the German label behind the famous compilation series DJ Kicks, Niklas Paschburg drew inspiration from the shores of the Baltic Sea for his first album Oceanic in 2018. This time, he hid himself away on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, the place where humanity is building a conservational database of all existing types of grains and seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Although he was quickly absorbed into the neo-classical category (“I love Nils Frahm’s music and I am so grateful to him and Max Richter for paving the way, but I also try and show that I can exist as myself”), he seems instead to belong to the ‘scene’ of globe-trotting musicians, like Molécule who went off to Greenland to sample some icebergs or Soundwalk Collective who spent two months composing on a sailing boat on the Black Sea. The German artist, who has played the piano since he was 5 and has trained in classical but also jazz music, has created a glacial but radiant album as if he wanted to push the far Northern latitudes down south. Case in point: If, carried by a celestial piano and a stifled rimshot beat, or Cyan, written in the aftermath of a blizzard. The record was almost entirely composed in Svalbard, but parts were written upon Paschburg’s return, like Duvet which was penned during the summer in Brighton alongside Andy Barlow from trailblazing trip hop group Lamb. Duvet is a more intimate track, and features a bee that seemed attracted to the microphone and which Niklas Paschburg decided to leave on the final cut. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
Electronic/Dance - Released February 9, 2018 | 7K!
On his debut album, German pianist and composer Niklas Paschburg captures the earthy emotional tenor of experimental forebears like Hauschka and Nils Frahm. The young Hamburg native began issuing music in 2014, melding swirls of thoughtful piano with a gentle electronic pulse on tracks like "Dawn" and "Ulenflucht," both of which appeared on his 2016 EP, Tuur Mang Welten. Recorded at a temporarily assembled studio with a view of the Baltic Sea, Oceanic is deeply imbued with a sense of location, with 12 slowly shifting instrumental tracks that ebb and flow with the tide and, at times, seem to mimic the behavior of the waves. Actual field recordings of water and weather bookend and shimmer underneath Paschburg's meandering compositions that continue to explore electro-acoustic textures, like the subtly throbbing synth basslines and treated piano on the haunting "Journey Among Worlds." Lengthier pieces are occasionally interspersed with brief tonal apéritifs, like the introductory "Pier" and the lush "Sonar." Eschewing straightforward melodic lines for wide-lens seascape architecture, Paschburg does a nice job conveying the inherent drama of a large body of water, moving from pastoral sonic wavelets to surging menace, often within the same piece. "Magnetic Perturbation," for example, transforms itself midway through from solo piano introspections to growling distortion followed by a sudden murky silence suggesting an unwelcome dunk beneath the waves. Evocative and quite beguiling, Oceanic is an impressive debut, with many layers to uncover and a strong attention to craft in both composition and production. © Timothy Monger /TiVo
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