Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
Record label: City Slang
Genre(s): Electronic, Ambient, IDM
Grandbrothers are a musical duo that create music from one instrument - the piano. They're not both pianists however and that provides a helpful opening context to understanding their sound. Erol Sarp is the pianist in the pairing yet his musical partner Lukas Vogel is an engineer/programmer/ designer who manipulates the sounds of the piano via his laptop to add an extra, wrong-footing dimension to their music.
Grandbrothers have finally come into their own. Not so much in a musical sense - the duo essentially arrived fully-formed - but this feels like the salvo that may finally gain them a new level of attention. Artists flirting with classical have always risked being pegged as niche, and despite gaining a sizable following, they just haven't quite seemed to break through.
Grocery stores sell mashed avocado in a can, right? Surely they do. This is the twenty-first century, after all, and millenials are too ravenous to sit down and peel anything. So let's say canned avocado exists. Let's presume this mush tastes as canned foods often do - structurally flawless, but with no extra flourish or spice save for a tantalising trace of salt.
Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel are by no means strangers to experimentation. Together as Düsseldorf duo Grandbrothers they merge sleek, frostbitten electronica with haunting piano motifs. Their latest effort, 'Open' is another bold and wonderfully expansive step forward. Despite being informed by broad, neo-classical influences, their compositions remain dynamic and complex yet accessible, with 'Bloodflow' and 'Honey' particularly utilising tension and texture to stunning effect.