I went to see Hauschka a while back in Leeds and I was really quite surprised by how much I enoyed him. Essentially a bloke with a piano so it doesn't read too exciting but then he's got a bag of tricks which he attaches to the piano and it changes the whole thing. There's bottle tops, ping pong balls, keys all sorts of shenanigans going on and they all add to the performance to make it thoroughly interesting. Ever since then I've listened to his records differently as I'm trying to imagine what 'thing' he's using to make his tinkly racket. His new mini album on Fat Cat, Snowflakes & Carwrecks, is a right tinklefest. Brett reckons a track or two sounds like the Penguin Cafe Orchestra if that's any help? Some of it is upbeat and chirpy and other tracks are quite monde and depressing sounding but i think that's due to the fact that a load of strings have been added to a number of tracks on here. And as you well know strings make things sound well mardy. I'm in tears now and I'm only at track 2. If you're into neo classical music and like strings and piano played deftly by someone who clearly knows his onions then this is for you.
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