Ensemble Du Verre - Rooms [Batterie Records]
After we've already announced the arrival of the single "Who Will Tell Us" by Ensemble Du Verre in early October it's now about time to take a closer look at the groups new album named "Rooms" which is about to hit the stores on November 4th, 2k16 via Batterie Records. With his seventh album we see Ensemble Du Verre-mastermind Sönke Düwer and his musical company unfold a tender, often minimalistic soundscape comprised of both vocal and instrumental tracks somewhat exploring a world in between NuSoul, (Nu)Jazz as well as organic Ambient bits and influences of TripHop which are, for the most part, based on a sparse instrumental foundation of piano and drums plus vocals, supplemented by decent electronic undertones and - and that's a new one when it comes to the projects approach - scratches performed Umut Abaci who, coming from a more HipHop-oriented context, is adding another layer of depth and complexity to the work of Ensemble Du Verre. This said, all these masterly crafted elements fall in place perfectly to create a tender, intimate and timeless album of a certain melancholia and undeniable vintage attitude which - in opposite to many other longplay releases these days - really manages to tell and create story that is enthralling the listener over the full runtime of approx. 49 minutes, keeps growing and unveiling new musical details throughout every new listening session for quite a long time. Therefore recommended, this is.
Album artwork on Instagram!