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Manners McDade's Aukai Releases New Album 'Branches Of Sun'

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New album 'Branches Of Sun' is out on the 9th March 2018

Manners McDade's Aukai Releases New Album 'Branches Of Sun'

Aukai was born of composer/instrumentalist Markus Sieber’s desire to create music that could work in tandem with film, video, theatre and the visual arts. 2018 sees the release of his latest album ‘Branches Of Sun’. The compositions on the album also grew out of Sieber’s love affair with the ‘Ronroco’, a plucked string instrument from Argentina that Sieber first discovered through the music of film composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain).

“This album and project has a lot to do with memories from travel,” explains Sieber, “but also memories from childhood and nature. How did the river smell in summer? I wanted to create a sonic space where music guides the listener into some imaginative inner world.” Which also explains why he came up with the name Aukai in the first place; “it’s the Hawaiian word for a seafaring traveller, the sort of person who seeks out the stillness in uncertain waters”.

In the case of Sieber’s new record, that meant spending a winter holed up in a mountainside cabin around Colorado’s La Plata Canyon. Basic tracks were then cut in Lichte Studio Berlin and brought into full relief alongside cellist Anne Muller (Agnes Obel Band, Nils Frahm), violinist Bogdan Djukic, pianist Angelika Baumbach, keyboardist Alexander Nickmann, and longtime collaborator Jamshied Sharifi (Laurie Anderson, Sting, Dream Theater). The albumi was mixed and mastered in Berlin by Martyn Heyne. 

Aukai may draw initial comparisons to the work of ambient instrumental masters such as Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Goldmund/Helios, but ultimately his music belongs in a category all its own. A beguiling collection of autumnal acoustic soundscapes dappled with subtle electronic touches. “It’s kind of an unfinished sound,” says Sieber. “Tangible, not too processed. It invites the listener in.”

Listen to his new album here. 

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Manners McDade, Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:57:21 GMT