Press Quotes
"If you've ever, while learning a language, passed through a phase where every new discovery felt like a giddy eureka moment, you'll know what I'm talking about. Curious, constantly in motion, full of puzzle-like counterpoints and arresting chord changes, it's a joy to listen to, and one of the brightest, most invigorating records I've heard all year."
Pitchfork
"Salon des Amateurs is undeniably an important album for Hauschka, both for its distillation of his rigorous methods and its energized perspective."
Cokemachine Glow
"Fleshed out by two drummers, strings and brass, it's as infectious and disarming as it is genre-defying"
Mojo
"Salon des Amateurs is much more than striking the iron while it's hot, not just because of its singular attributes and styles but, frankly, it's yet another fantastic album in the span of a few months."
Delusions Of Adequacy
Salon Des Amateurs
LP13-16 / CD13-16 / DA13-16 / 11th Apr 2011
Tracklist
01
Radar
02
Two AM
03
Girls
04
Ping
05
Cube
06
Subconscious
07
No Sleep
08
Tanzbein
09
Taxi Taxi
10
Sunrise

Hot on the heels of October 2010’s ‘Foreign Landscapes’ album, Hauschka returns with a brilliant new full-length, which once again sees the adventurous pianist/composer pushing into fresh territory and expanding his oeuvre. Where ‘Foreign Landscapes’ saw Hauschka shifting from his acclaimed solo ‘prepared’ piano into full-scale orchestral compositions, ‘Salon des Amateurs’ sees the artist utilising the percussive qualities of the treated piano for a unique take on techno and house music. Expanded to include drum kit and orchestral instrumentation, the album is a rousing set of dance tracks. Named after the club/bar in his native Düsseldorf, where Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) presents an annual piano festival – it follows a night out around the Salon, itself a “stand for unselfish programming and creating a space for development and possibilities that are normally not created”, to borrow Hauschka’s description.

‘Salon des Amateurs’ is simultaneously a bold departure and a logical step forward for Hauschka. A unique project that sounds simultaneously organic and mechanised, it is full of carefully-picked references to two opposing genres – modern classical and heady dance music. Featuring múm drummer Samuli Kosminen and Calexico’s John Convertino and Joe Burns, there is a driving propulsion to the record, firmly aimed to resonate through dance floors, while Grammy award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn ensures her guest spot will not go unnoticed by a classically-aligned audience. Far from being a musical curio or a covers album, this record is entirely comprised of original pieces, each imbued with a palpable sense of fun (as is often the case in Hauschka’s music) and a huge sonic depth, yet its instrumentation upholds an astute, sharp elegance. Subtle electronic touches swarm around ‘Cube’ with the same grace and nuance as the syncopated brass stabs of ‘Radar’, while the grimey-synth mimicking low-end piano of ‘Two AM’ and ‘Tanzbein’ references the layers of repetition that characterise the golden age of house and techno.

The album was largely recorded by Bertelmann at his Studio Zwei space in Düsseldorf. Beginning as a series of piano solos, these were gradually expanded and ultimately accorded the essential dance touch – a solid, thumping low end. Kosminen and the Calexico members recorded their own work remotely following directive notes from Bertelmann. A final collaborator – ‘Dancer in the Dark’ author Sjón Sigurdsson – contributes a surreal short story to the liner notes, in keeping with a theme present in each of Hauschka’s FatCat releases.

To celebrate the release of ‘Salon Des Amateurs’, we’ve produced a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered lithograph prints, a number of which we have obtained to sell through our store. The posters are A3-sized with a four colour print, and feature the stunning cover artwork of the album, which is a detail from the painting ‘Trains and Boats an Planes’ by the artist, Stefan Kürten.

Hot on the heels of October 2010’s ‘Foreign Landscapes’ album, Hauschka returns with a brilliant new full-length, which once again sees the adventurous pianist/composer pushing into fresh territory and expanding his oeuvre. Where ‘Foreign Landscapes’ saw Hauschka shifting from his acclaimed solo ‘prepared’ piano into full-scale orchestral compositions, ‘Salon des Amateurs’ sees the artist utilising the percussive qualities of the treated piano for a unique take on techno and house music. Expanded to include drum kit and orchestral instrumentation, the album is a rousing set of dance tracks. Named after the club/bar in his native Düsseldorf, where Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) presents an annual piano festival – it follows a night out around the Salon, itself a “stand for unselfish programming and creating a space for development and possibilities that are normally not created”, to borrow Hauschka’s description.

‘Salon des Amateurs’ is simultaneously a bold departure and a logical step forward for Hauschka. A unique project that sounds simultaneously organic and mechanised, it is full of carefully-picked references to two opposing genres – modern classical and heady dance music. Featuring múm drummer Samuli Kosminen and Calexico’s John Convertino and Joe Burns, there is a driving propulsion to the record, firmly aimed to resonate through dance floors, while Grammy award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn ensures her guest spot will not go unnoticed by a classically-aligned audience. Far from being a musical curio or a covers album, this record is entirely comprised of original pieces, each imbued with a palpable sense of fun (as is often the case in Hauschka’s music) and a huge sonic depth, yet its instrumentation upholds an astute, sharp elegance. Subtle electronic touches swarm around ‘Cube’ with the same grace and nuance as the syncopated brass stabs of ‘Radar’, while the grimey-synth mimicking low-end piano of ‘Two AM’ and ‘Tanzbein’ references the layers of repetition that characterise the golden age of house and techno.

The album was largely recorded by Bertelmann at his Studio Zwei space in Düsseldorf. Beginning as a series of piano solos, these were gradually expanded and ultimately accorded the essential dance touch – a solid, thumping low end. Kosminen and the Calexico members recorded their own work remotely following directive notes from Bertelmann. A final collaborator – ‘Dancer in the Dark’ author Sjón Sigurdsson – contributes a surreal short story to the liner notes, in keeping with a theme present in each of Hauschka’s FatCat releases.

To celebrate the release of ‘Salon Des Amateurs’, we’ve produced a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered lithograph prints, a number of which we have obtained to sell through our store. The posters are A3-sized with a four colour print, and feature the stunning cover artwork of the album, which is a detail from the painting ‘Trains and Boats an Planes’ by the artist, Stefan Kürten.

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Press Quotes
"If you've ever, while learning a language, passed through a phase where every new discovery felt like a giddy eureka moment, you'll know what I'm talking about. Curious, constantly in motion, full of puzzle-like counterpoints and arresting chord changes, it's a joy to listen to, and one of the brightest, most invigorating records I've heard all year."
Pitchfork
"Salon des Amateurs is undeniably an important album for Hauschka, both for its distillation of his rigorous methods and its energized perspective."
Cokemachine Glow
"Fleshed out by two drummers, strings and brass, it's as infectious and disarming as it is genre-defying"
Mojo
"Salon des Amateurs is much more than striking the iron while it's hot, not just because of its singular attributes and styles but, frankly, it's yet another fantastic album in the span of a few months."
Delusions Of Adequacy
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