Release Date: Mar 4, 2014
Record label: Morr Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Fenster's sophomore full-length album, 2014's The Pink Caves, is an atmospheric, dreamlike work that finds the German experimental outfit crafting a surrealistic pastiche of sounds that pushes them well beyond the rootsy, folk-inflected approach of 2012's Bones. Recorded in an East German cabin that the band wired so as to record any sound in any room of the house, The Pink Caves is full of ambient percussion and hypnotic found sounds that purportedly include slammed doors, animals in the yard, ticking clocks, and other sundry items in the house, essentially allowing the cabin to become both a recording studio and an instrument in and of itself for the members to utilize as inspiration hit. Fenster then combined all of these recordings with their own guitars, keyboards, electronics, drums, and echoey vocals to create a wholly new musical environment for their songs.
With their second release, The Pink Caves, Fenster attempt to broaden not only their sonic pallet but their craft. Reportedly when setting up in an East German cabin, the band wired the entire house and in doing so managed to incorporate the building itself into the recordings. Not only do the tracks share the ethereal production quality, they do indeed sound as though recorded in the same place.