Release Date: Feb 3, 2009
Record label: Fat Cat
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The Snowflakes and Car Wrecks EP gathers together seven tracks that were left over from the recording sessions for Hauschka’s widely praised album Ferndorf, which was released last September. Tonally, the EP is identical to the smaller-scale piano and string duo works on Ferndorf, and emotionally, too, it is that album's atmosphere of nostalgic reflection that is uppermost. While none of the tracks here equal the individual brilliance of the album standouts ‘Rode Null’ or ‘Barfuss Durch Grass’, Snowflakes and Car Wrecks hangs together far better than a collection of offcuts might reasonably be expected to.
Snowflakes and Car Wrecks is bound to please anyone who enjoyed last fall's Ferndorf. The seven tracks on this EP are from the same recording session, and while the sound here is stylistically similar, this collection makes a nice addendum to the long player. Hauschka, or Volker Bertelmann, is a classically trained piano prodigy from Dusseldorf, Germany.
Snowflakes and Carwrecks is a collection of outtakes from the recording of last year’s Ferndorf, and it could be a continuation or expansion of that album’s serene but curious explorations. Volker Bertelmann, the composer behind Hauschka, expanded his palette on that release, using strings and woodwind as an integral part of his compositions, not just for occasional emphasis. Snowflakes and Carwrecks takes things further in the same direction.