Steve Hauschildt – experience the sublime sounds of the latest LP, Where All Is Fled on his upcoming European tour

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(photo credit: Leigh Silverblatt)

 kranky’s Steve Hauschildt, previously part of the revered Emeralds and considered producer of crafted electronic bliss, will be coming to Europe this week to play a series of dates on the mainland. Alongside these newly announced dates, Hauschildt has revealed the video for “Anesthesia“, masterfully put together by digital artist Leigh Silverblatt, who expands on the bleak landscape that adorns the cover of Where All Is Fled and lifts it into a complex sequence of dissolving solids and pixellated intrigue.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “ANESTHESIA”

LISTEN TO “VICINITIES” AND THE TITLE TRACK, “WHERE ALL IS FLED

His latest release since 2012’s Sequitur, Where All Is Fled sonically harkens back to his earlier albums such as Rapt for Liquid Minister and Tragedy & Geometry, it slowly becomes apparent that it is also a divergence from those recordings. Both the artwork and the music on this new work were heavily inspired by surrealist landscape paintings, early alchemical emblems, and recurring visions Steve had from dreams. The result is a pristine series of cascading melodies, fantastical terrains of layered lattices, and overlapping patterns of synthesizers superimposed with orchestral instrumentation. Hidden in the crevices of the album are processed crowd sounds, re-sampled text-to-speech synthesis, piano, and animal noises which reveal themselves after repeated listens and blur together notions of artificial and natural sound. While slowly unfurling, each sound is given it’s own place and space, never hurried, never cluttered.

STEVE HAUSCHILDT TOUR DATES:
20/10 – Acud Club [Berlin]
21/10 – Espace B [Paris]
22/10 – Mixtree [Amsterdam]
23/10 – Elevate Festival [Graz]
24/10 – Csa Arcadia [Schio]
26/10 – Zoo [Bologna]
27/10 – Macao [Milan]
28/10 – Moroder [Madrid]
30/10 – Miscelanea [Barcelona]

QUOTES FOR WHERE ALL IS FLED:

“‘Where All Is Fled’ finds him in a relay race between melody and abstraction, at different points reaching for the purity of both but instead creating the kind of narratively driven sonics of the old Emeralds days.” – NORMAN RECORDS

All warm tones and soothing drones, this is a light and airy amble through a blissful emptiness.” – DIGITAL FIX

Hauschildt’s ambition is not affected by a leaning towards the obtuse, a fact which makes the album stand out among other synth experimentalists. The mixture of field recordings, acoustic piano chords and synthesis on the title track point towards a concern purely with clarity. Such grandiose themes were hinted at on Hauschildt’s last two records, but through the meticulously crafted synthesis, processed natural sounds and computer generated voices of ‘Where All is Fled’ he has moved his music even further away from the trend of instant gratification into one of slowly developing appreciation.” – INVERTED AUDIO

QUOTES FOR PREVIOUS ALBUM SEQUITUR:

Everything is played and mixed seamlessly and the synths sound immaculate.” – DROWNED IN SOUND

Sequitur feels like a step forward for a genre that could happily stay the same forever.” – PITCHFORK

Not only is he deft with composition and tone, the man is an outright genius when it comes to writing memorably touching melodies, and practically all of his work bears testament to the fact.” – XLR8R

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