Hauschka - What If
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Hauschka - What If

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Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka has been prepping his piano plays with ping-pong balls and other items since 2004. Eight albums in 'What If' is the man's latest album streaming now in full.

On 'What if' Hauschka adds electronic instruments to his work: A Disklavier by Yamaha and a 1970s-vintage Roland Jupiter 4 analog synthesizer. It's a very claustrophobic but fabulous experience.

We have labelled What If with our editor's choice badge, which means we totally dig the record. Make sure you listen to it at least once. What If will be released on 31 March 2017. Stream it courtesy of NPR. Also check out our Hauschka artist profile to find eventual tour dates in your area and links to the official web and social media pages of Hauschka. Last but not least make sure you scroll down and check out reviews for "What If".

And if you like what you hear, get it over at iTunes or Amazon.

What If tracklist

1. I Can’t Find Water
2. Constant Growth Fails
3. My Kids Live On Mars
4. I Need Exile
5. I Can’t Express My Deep Love
6. Nature Fights Back
7. Familiar Things Disappear
8. Trees Only Exist In Books
9. We Live a Thousand Years

DIGITAL BONUS TRACK LISTING
1. Egos Are Detached
2. Knowledge Is Passed On

Critic Reviews

We currently know 5 reviews for "What If" by Hauschka. The album received pretty solid reviews among the critics and is one of the better ones this year.

"Gently fizzing electronica meets grand structures and intimate explorations of instruments, and the results are both strange and deeply, instantly enjoyable. With the bar already set very high, he may just have produced his best record yet."

90 % Mixmag
"What If manages the ambitious task of making anxiety and nervousness sound not only palatable but gratifying and engaging."

80 % PopMatters
"Here ["My Kids Live on Mars" or "I Can't Express My Deep Love" ] and throughout What If, the ways Hauschka explores the possibilities of his music--and the future--make it one of his most intellectually and emotionally engaging albums."

80 % AllMusic
"On What If, Hauschka delivers an unbuttoned works that's just as revitalizing for the listener as it sounds for the artist."

80 % Exclaim
"The result is an intense kind of dialogue between man and machine, and draws from the typically organic piano sound a new, otherworldly texture."

70 % Clash Music

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