31.03.14: Listen to "Static Kings" from "Bécs" on pitchfork.com
"…"Static Kings" is the first sliver of music we get to hear from the new one, and its silvery guitars and thrums of (yes) static surrounding them certainly call back to Endless Summer's obfuscated majesty."
28.02.14: Fennesz "Bécs" to be released on 28.04
The last time Fennesz released an album on Austrian label Mego it was 2001 and the name of that release was 'Endless Summer'. Now, in 2014 Editions Mego is extremely proud to release the conceptual follow up that landmark of abstract pop. Bécs (pronounced 'baeetch') is Hungarian for Vienna and is the first full length Fennesz solo release since 2008's 'Black Sea'. Pre-order at editionsmego.com.
Eschewing the more drone orientated works of 'Black Sea', 'Bécs' returns to the more florid pop mechanisms as deployed on Endless Summer. 'Static Kings' features the extra leverage of Werner Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayer who deploy a range of atmospheric abstract effects to shape a bewitching sound world. The 10 minute centrepiece 'Liminality' (featuring Tony Buck on drums) is classic Fennesz: epic, evocative, beautiful, impossible. 'Pallas Athene' creates a sanctuary of hovering beauty which leads into the title track. Emotional and assured, the track 'Bécs' is an astonishing contribution to contemporary pop. 'Sav' co-written by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) inhabits a less structural terrain as one enters a forest of small sounds and oblique atmospheres, where the closing 'Paroles', a gentle melody unravels amongst swirls of electronics and fried disruption. Bécs is not just an album or a series of songs, it's a world to inhabit, a landscape ripe with sounds, songs and that esteemed Fennesz signature.
A singular work by a singular artist.
April 28th, 2014
All tracks by Christian Fennesz, except * by Cédric Stevens & Christian Fennesz
Modular Synthesizer on “Sav" by Cédric Stevens
Bass on “Static Kings" by Werner Dafeldecker
Drums on “Static Kings" by Martin Brandlmayr
Drums on “Liminality" by Tony Buck
Recorded & mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna, 2013/14
Tony Buck’s drums recorded by Martin Siewert at Garnison7, Vienna, July 2013
Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, February 2014
Cover design by Tina Frank
12.11.13: Fennesz remixes Jensen Sportag – Free Download
In honour of Jensen Sportag's album for Cascine, Stealth of Days, Fennesz has lent his touch to a remix of the opening track, ‘Rain Code’.
Cascine say: ‘Fennesz transforms the track into a delicate mist awash with secrets and mysteries, illuminating the original with fragility and reverb. Crystalline soundbeams give way to sunbursts of off-kilter melody, all the while keeping the prettiness of Rain Code intact.’
Download Fennesz’s remix for free via www.thequietus.com
09.11.13: Autre Ne Veut x Fennesz
Fennesz has collaborated with American singer Autre Ne Veut on "Alive", a track to be released on a limited 10" as part of Mexican Summer’s forthcoming anniversary book "Mexican Summer: Five Years".
FACT Magazine writes: "Christian Fennesz was at the top of a list of dream collaborators that Ashin handed to the Mexican Summer label, so when they managed to wangle two days of studio time in Austria, it was a dream come true. The resulting track ‘Alive’ is as electric as you’d hope, with Fennesz’s whirlpool noise wrapping itself around Ashin’s wavering vocals and delicate pop sensibilities."
05.07.13: The Kilowatt Hour announce Italian dates
The Kilowatt Hour, a new collaborative trio featuring Stephan Mathieu, David Sylvian and Christian Fennesz, has just announced a set of live dates in Europe this fall. The instrumental trio will develop material this summer to debut at the Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway on September 7, followed by a series of dates in Italy. Visit the-kilowatt-hour.com for ticket links and further info.
04.06.13: The Kilowatt Hour – Mathieu, Sylvian, Fennesz
21.02.13: "17.02.12" - a limited edition box set
FACT Magazine writes:
"Austrian sound artist Fennesz will release a live box-set this month.
The laptop ‘n’ guitar mastermind behind albums like Endless Summer, Christian Fennesz hasn’t released a full solo album since 2008′s Black Sea, instead focussing on soundtracking and collaborative projects. Last year, he released his soundtrack to Aun, an Austrian film that tackles death, alternative energy sources, maths, the supernatural and more, and this new release documents a live performance of music from Aun‘s soundtrack that took place in Florence, February 2012 [via RBMA].
This box-set comprises both vinyl LP and double-CD recordings of the performance, a 12-page photo book, and a DVD of Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Symphony of a Great City), a German silent film made by Walter Ruttmann in 1927. It comes limited to 500 copies, and will set you back £80 to £110, depending on where you buy."
03.12.12: Fennesz Plays Atmospheres 4 | Touch.30 Live at Beaconsfield
A two-day festival celebrating 30 years of Touch, with performances, installations and displays, and a full programme of workshops and masterclasses in design and music, recording, mastering and the digital realm. There are a limited number of these discounted "early bird" festival passes, so hurry! The pass entitles you to access all events at this festival.
Beaconsfield, London, December 5-6 2012
For a full programme, visit the Touch website here.
Fennesz will be performing new material during his set on 5th December and you can buy your tickets here
20.11.12: Fennesz back catalogue available on FLAC
Some Fennesz back catalogue releases are now available as FLAC high quality audio downloads
Live in Japan
This release consists of one sublimely beautiful and haunting 43 minute long track, recorded live at the Shibuya Nest, Tokyo in February of 2003. The performance takes us from the bright codeine pop of "Endless Summer" to the haunting melancholy of "Venice", with familiar bits of coda and electronic soul hooks catching us as we stream through the lush, nearly symphonic drones and soundscapes which Fennesz has expertly composed to guide us through his musical legacy.
“Field Recordings” brings together a range of material Christian Fennesz has contributed to compilations, special projects and film soundtracks between the years 1995 and 2002. Also, for the first time on CD, it includes his debut 12" for Mego, the awesome “Instrument”, remastered, and a new track recorded specially for this release, “Good Man”. It is his first release since “Endless Summer” [Mego, 2001] and a prelude to his next studio album, which will be released on Touch in January 2003.
plus forty seven degrees 56' 37" minus sixteen degrees 51' 08"
This is Christian Fennesz's 2nd solo full album after the highly acclaimed 'Hotel Paral.lel' (Mego 16). He also released 'fenneszPLAYS', a 3" CD originally issued by Mego but now on Jim O'Rourke's new label, Moikai. Fennesz has also made various contributions to compilation CDs, including the awesome 'Surf' on 'DECAY' (Ash International 3.9) and is a member of MIMEO, fixed line up orchestra alongside Keith Rowe, Kaffe Matthews, Jerome Noetinger, Phil Durrant, Peter Rehberg, Thomas Lehn, Rafael Toral, Gert Jan Prins, Cor Fuhler, Markus Wettstein, and Markus Schmickler. He has also released a live CD on Touch, # TO:CDR3. 'plus forty seven degrees 56' 37" minus sixteen degrees 51' 08"' was recorded in his garden in Austria in July and August 1999; the photographs in the booklet by Jon Wozencroft embroider this.
More items will be added in due course...
12.11.12: Fennesz features on new ECM release, by Food
The Food team of Norwegian drummer Strønen and British saxophonist Ballamy continues to invite guests to bring something to the table. The form-and-texture conscious improvisations here are drawn from live performances in Norway, England and Germany and studio sessions at Oslo’s Rainbow. To the latter group belong tracks on which Indian slide guitarist and singer Prakash Sontakke is partnered by Eivind Aarset’s atmospheric guitar and electronics. The first half of the album finds Food augmented by Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz, taking further the experiments with layers of sound begun on Quiet Inlet. Nils Petter Molvær joins Strønen, Ballamy and Fennesz for a track recorded at Mannheim’s Enjoy Jazz Festival. Release date: 5th November 2012.
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