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Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It
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CD

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BB 278CD BB 278CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/17/2017

Andreas Spechtl's debut album Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It is a multifaceted work. It is personal -- Spechtl invites his listeners to look deep into the soul of his "I". It is rooted in history -- Spechtl constructs an emotional bridge to the cosmic music of Can and the aural sculptures of Conrad Schnitzler. It's also a modern and hybrid work -- Spechtl mines deep strata of sound and samples in his sonic quarry, layering them over a constant bass drum, capable of launching every DJ set into a new space and time continuum. Traditional Persian percussion and string instruments are sampled by Spechtl, rearranged and treated with contemporary beats, filters, and effects. Aural structures rise up in space, as complex as they are fascinating and disorientating. Nevertheless, even-tempered rhythms mark out a more familiar path approaching narratives in recent electronic music. Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It was composed in Tehran, a metropolis of 12 million people and the capital of Iran, often portrayed in the western world as the "Heart of Darkness" or "The Land of Fear". In the winter of 2016/17, Andreas Spechtl spent two months here, during which time he played ten shows in his Tehran studio. Meanwhile, in his adopted home of Berlin, a terrorist attack took place at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz. In reflecting on the other, Spechtl reflects on himself; ruminating on Tehran turns his thoughts to Berlin, from his own to the unknown. A central motif in these ten new songs, the idea of not living in fear of the future, is articulated throughout. The citizens of Tehran understand that things can only get better. "I have always been enchanted by the beauty of language", explains Andreas Spechtl, who grew progressively quieter on "Africa Blvd" in the Persian winter. The less he spoke, the more music became his language, which is why his new album is predominantly instrumental. The future, so optimistically envisioned in so few words by Andreas Spechtl, is created through friction. Andreas Spechtl left behind the contemporary comforts of a frictionless Berlin for a place where language was elusive, yet the intrinsic friction energy of the place was tangible, transformable into hybrid, at times ambient music. Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It is both document and witness, a grand, opulent field recording collated in ten diary entries.