Albums of the year: #25

HAUSCHKA: Room To Expand

Fat Cat’s experimental and neo-classical offshoot 130701 only seems to issue about one LP annually, but they are always pretty special. Volker Bertelmann’s collection of prepared piano pieces manages to be warm and emotional while still sounding slightly off-kilter. It’s part of its charm, and why it never palls after repeated listens. It may have been constructed using a specific process of piano manipulation, but it is neither a dry, intellectual exercise nor a one-trick novelty.

The video is from the Fat Cat Open Circuit Festival in Hasselt, Belgium, recorded in February this year. The picture is a little dark, but the sound quality is superb.

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