Lee Yi

Erlebnis by Unsichtbar by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Amanda Nordqvist

Artwork by Gertjan Decock and Lore Deuninck

Artwork by Gertjan Decock and Lore Deuninck

A project sprung from a desire to create without over-thinking, Erlebnis is the captivating debut album of Unsichtbar, released through ACR on November 20th, and it’s an album that invites you to listen deeply without searching for explanations – simply enjoy the movement, the textures, and hear it for what it is. Starting off with Ouvertüre the listener is instantly told of what to expect – the experimental, distorted screeching tells of a new, slightly twisted side to the alter ego. The track is followed shortly by Tokio, and I fall deeper into this universe of quiet, uncomplicated enjoyment, as the track reminds me of all the things that come to us absentmindedly; I’m tapped into someone else’s dream, a hauntingly ethereal new reality, and I’m watching from far away. There is such beauty in the unveiled turmoil, and the track breathes in and out so slowly, the thought of waking up is wholly unappealing.

The following track, Mensch, is a collaboration with composer and pianist Sergio Diaz De Rojas, and it shows a mesmerizing distinction between the soft and the rough – the steady, mature rhythmic of the piano is introduced early, contrasted by the sawing that seems childlike at first, curious and explorative, soon growing into a relentless eruption of disorder, taunting the innocent, untainted loyalty of the piano, and relishing in its own freedom to roam. Junges Liebespaar begins almost like the aftermath of its predecessor, slowly progressing into a forlorn outburst of emotion, turning into a poignant tale of what once was, or what could, at one point, have been.

Das Meer instills a sense of floating, telling of the sound the light would make, illuminating the thousands of particles in the air around us, if we could only hear it. The track is lightly treading, slowly fading in and out, moving like the water does. It’s followed by another collaboration, this one with ambient music producer Lee Yi, as An der Zeit ertrinken introduces us to a deeper void, with protruding nuances and quick movement, soaring in and out through different sensations, like a whirlwind of noise and grit.

As the album is starting to come to its end, it does a complete turn-around with Nach dem Sturm, a gentler track that inspires a solemn hope, and ends on the absolutely intriguing Nachspiel – a track that at first glance is playful and light-hearted, but listen closer and it starts to ooze of curious guile, fronting with youthful innocence quickly turning into something bigger, something untrustworthy, but utterly irresistible. It’s a fully memorable ending to this experience that Erlebnis truly is, to listen to something and know that whatever it makes you feel is right, as there are no wrongs – no hidden messages, no secrets or stories, just an album and yet... so much more than just an album. 

Picture by Lore Deuninck

Picture by Lore Deuninck


Recommendations #1 by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Amanda Nordqvist


With so much enthralling art being produced and showcased every day, keeping up with each release is a full-time job, and to allow every piece of art the space it deserves is unimaginable. We still want to do our best to offer you a wide range of art to explore, and that’s why we here at Piano & Coffee Co. are launching a recurring recommendation article, where we will touch on a few releases from the previous month that we feel deserve your attention. This first recommendation article focuses on ambient/electronic music, with artists from countries such as Germany to Japan, via labels like Home Normal and Ghent based Dauw.

On October 16th, Lee Yi released his haunting album An instant for a momentary desolation, via Rottenman Editions, and the four tracks seek to portray the heartbreak of watching a loved space be consumed and corrupted by nature and the unrelenting cruelty it has the power to unleash. Long, faraway echoes of dread paint a terrifying picture of a world in turmoil, and it seems almost like the faint memory of a broken cause – like the empty, troubled field of a war long since lost, it spreads out before you, invoking a curiosity just strong enough that you defy the voice in your head telling you to turn around. The album is clever and beautiful, and definitely worth a listen.

Another phenomenal album released in the middle of October is Unsung Memories, by German artist Polaroid Notes. Released via UK based label Whitelabrecs, the album moves like a film score, with grand movement and cinematic soundscapes, and is just waiting to be picked up by a filmmaker. Empty streets painted by melancholy or rough, cold desert nights – if you close your eyes you are there, for a moment, engulfed in someone else’s memories. The track that to me stands out the most is the surprisingly optimistic Take Care of What You Love, but even that is tinged by instances of corruption, an apparent theme to the mesmerizing album.

As the cold of winter steadily moves upon me, what better way to reignite the hope for warmer days, than to listen to Ghost And Tape’s new release – the astonishing album Vár (Spring), released through Home Normal. Another ambient tribute to nature, the album tells tales of new awakenings, of soft winds and melting snow – the delicate, heartfelt movements show just how much care and hard work Heine Christensen puts into his art. Vár is like a comforter, wrapping itself around me as the snow falls outside, quietly reassuring me that spring will come again.

After works that focus more heavily on electronic ambience, Himmelsrandt’s latest release brings a welcome change in nuance, with his 4 Moments & Rain, released via Unperceived Records. The piano and the strings fight for the main role, adding grandiosity to the sound, and with protruding melodies, the album is a comfortable change of pace. Just familiar enough to relax you, but never losing its intrigue, this album is a must-listen, and the breathtaking Drops, a track that could have easily been taken straight out of some dark thriller/drama, will likely be playing on repeat in my flat for the next couple of weeks.

Last on our first recommendation list, we have Norihito Suda’s gorgeously experimental album Sunshine, released via label Dauw at the end of September – a happy, youthful album with warmth trickling slowly downwards, and sounds of nature’s daily routine setting the tone. Sunshine is entirely relaxing in its minimalism and seems to portray a blissful life in the seclusion of some hidden place, far from modern life’s stressful duties. 

Be sure to check out these late autumn releases to find your new favorite, and stay tuned for next month’s recommendations!