It’s March 2020 and the sudden silence of spring that year changes the entire world and shifts perception.
The Düsseldorf-based composer Tom Blankenberg had just finished recording his second album. But the situation at hand had however made the recordings sound unfitting to the times …
“There was too much in it …” Blankenberg continues to write, rearranges and condenses the silent presence of these months down to an essence. Shortstories, utilizing a vocabulary from classical, jazz, avant-garde and ambient. They tell of a new day-to-day life, of rediscovered places and suddenly audible ambient sounds. They are about the first warm summer nights and the writing of a letter that has long wanted to be written. And also a little about sorrow. “It should hurt in some moments. But it’s a sweet pain, it’s bearable.” These ambivalent simultaneous emotions pervade the whole album. Melancholy and wellbeing, lightness and severity resound at the same moment. Ambiguity dissolves.
The results are 9 wonderful piano monologues that want to whisper something different into the ear of each listener and that become a sincere companion for the moment you listen. Blankenberg’s second album is called “et”.
What the press said:
„et is a nighttime masterpiece… we only harm ourselves if we ignore it. This is an essential album, it needs to be heard…” – piano and coffee co
„ … his music really stands out from the rest… His control of space, time, silence and sound — such as in “kashmir” — is bliss.“ – Doug Thomas
„et füllt den Raum mit etwas, das nur mit dem Wort „Schönheit“ umschrieben werden kann.” – D-dorf Pop Day
01. acnor – 3:36
02. hibiskus – 4:31
03. less – 3:02
04. W123 – 6:40
05. katzaki – 1:53
06. dear – 7:30
07. kaschmir – 8:51
08. meniskus – 4:58
09. SLAS – 02.07
released April 16, 2021
composed & performed by Tom Blankenberg
recorded at van heys studio, kleve
except „kaschmir“ and „SLAS“ recorded at studio bock, düsseldorf
mixed and mastered by Kai Blankenberg
design by tg mauss, düsseldorf