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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 31 March 2017
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Hauschka 'What If' (City Slang)

Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) has been at the forefront of what you might call ‘alt-classical’ for more than a decade now. His pieces always glimmer with a love of electronica and club music, and he’s reached increasingly larger audiences, culminating with an Oscar nomination for his score for Lion. He remains as experimental as ever, though, and on new album ‘What If’ he’s still clearly very much in love with the possibilities of sound. Gently fizzing electronica meets grand structures and intimate explorations of instruments, and the results are both strange and deeply, instantly enjoyable. With the bar already set very high, he may just have produced his best record yet. Joe Muggs


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