02. Iron Shoes
03. Mount Hood
05. Union Square
07. Early In The Park
10. Sunny Mission
The follow-up to 2008’s breakthrough Ferndorf, Hauschka’s Foreign Landscapes represents another tremendous shift for FatCat’s engaging composer/pianist: nine of its twelve tracks feature a 12-piece string and wind ensemble from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra alongside Volker Bertelmann’s own prepared piano.
While Ferndorf explored the composer’s relationship with his pastoral hometown, Foreign Landscapes is an album of travel, locational snapshots, and shift; always evocative, Hauschka’s compositions here sing with the urgency and movement of exploration, the rushing exhilaration of new cities, new environments.
Now dark and intimate, now playful, now driving - the ensemble’s fleshed-out instrumentation enables Hauschka to bring his exuberant versatility to a new and vital level. With Foreign Landscapes, Hauschka stretches for - and reaches - stunning new realms.Hauschka will be touring extensively in support of Foreign Landscapes.
"Satie feather-drops, gorgeous string plucks, transfixing rattles. Stillness is the move." - Chris Weingarten, Rolling Stone
“Ingenious and exquisite.” - Jon Pareles, NY Times
Honorable Mention, best albums of 2008, Ferndorf:
"Eloquently navigating the elliptical space between joy and sorrow, Ferndorf is a deeply accomplished album that weaves the listener into its hopeful, vivid landscape with elegant ease." - Pitchfork
“Hauschka [has] a remarkable talent for honing in on the sweet spot where classical, avant-garde, electronic and pop music meet.” - All Music Guide