Listen to Grandbrothers’s new single ‘What We See’

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Grandbrothers‘ upcoming album All The Unknown is getting close to its release day on January 15th through City Slang. Following the title track, the duo of German-Turkish pianist Erol Sarp and Swiss engineer/mechanic/sofware designer Lukas Vogel have shared a second single, ‘What We See’. Grandbrothers composed the track using artificial intelligence. They explain:

“The first part of this song is this sort of caucasian piano line. The interesting part about it is, that the origin of that was something completely different: we just played randomly on the piano and let it run through an algorithm on the computer, which made it the way it is now. From there on, we built things around this fragment that by time became this emotional rollercoaster with very vulnerable and intimate, but also very fierce and brute parts.

“What We See” implies that sometimes things aren’t what they seem to be and that you should take your time to take a second look and question them.”

Listen to ‘What We See’ below.

Grandbrothers announce third album, All The Unknown

News of 2021 releases are starting to prick our ears. One album that we’re excited about is All The Unknown, the upcoming third album from German duo Grandbrothers. It follows two spellbinding albums, 2017’s Open and 2015’s Dilation, and is set for release on January 15th through City Slang.
The album sees them further expand their exploratory and open approach to music, with the grand piano, up until now their only centrepiece, now paired with electronics. German-Turkish pianist Erol Sarp and Swiss engineer/mechanic/sofware designer Lukas Vogel, who make up the duo, crafted the record also using self-built computer-controlled mechanics. “The main difference compared to the last two albums, is that we set ourselves a rule that everything needed to be created on the instrument in that moment,” Vogel explained. “But now that this rule is gone, we’ve started to produce or record things on the computer which means we can stack up more layers” Sarp added. “Previously, it has always just been me sitting at the piano playing, but now we have three or four piano parts together, which I wouldn’t be able to play at once as it’s too many notes; it just wouldn’t be possible as I only have ten fingers. This new method has opened up worlds and given so many more opportunities to write music.”

It seems like a long wait until the album arrives in January but they are already enticing us with title track, ‘All The Unknown’. Take a listen below.

Grandbrothers unleash video for ‘From A Distance’

Fresh off the release of their second spellbinding album, Open, German duo Grandbrothers have shared a new video for the album’s wonderful track ‘From a Distance’. The effort was directed by Dan Medhurst, who had this to say about it:

‘The film is a loose adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus who struggled to push a large rock up a mountain only for it to roll back down and for him to start again each day. It tells a tail of eternal struggle for our lead character (played by Mark Wingett) who appears to be locked in a convoluted journey for victory, but ultimately ends up back where he started. It also plays with the concept of eternal recurrence; That the universe and all existence has already occurred and will continue to reoccur infinitely.’

“I chose to shoot in the Brecon Beacons at night to emphasise a feeling of total isolation. We used a high powered custom built LED attached to a drone to light our character and shot on 50 year old, Russian anamorphic lenses to create haunting, unusual visuals which play with the idea of distance and anonymity.”

Here’s the video.

In other good news, and in support of the album, Grandbrothers have just embarked on a month-long European tour, which includes a show at London’s Rich Mix on November 21st.

Listen to Grandbrothers’ new single ‘Long Forgotten Future’ off forthcoming album

German duo Grandbrothers have a new album on the way, entitled Open, following their 2015 divine debut album Dilation. They had already enticed us with the sublime and ravishing first single ‘Bloodflow’ and with less than a month to go until the album drops, the pair have shared another marvellous track called ‘Long Forgotten Future’.

With an exploratory and open approach to their compositions, Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel, who make up Grandbrothers, put again the grand piano as the album’s one and only centrepiece. “Just because we use the same instrument doesn’t mean that it’s the same music,” explained Sarp, adding:

“We always think about what physical impact the songs can have on the audience, for instance whether they can dance to them. We don’t only make music for listening to, after all. As much as we enjoy playing concert halls with the audience seated we also love to play at sweaty clubs where people are standing and dancing around us.”

Listen to ‘Long Forgotten Future’ below and grab Open when it’s out on October 20th via City Slang.

Grandbrothers set to release second album Open this Autumn

Photo: Mischa Lorenz

Photo: Mischa Lorenz

German duo Grandbrothers conquered our ears a couple of years ago with their divine debut album Dilation. So we’re pleased to know a new album will follow later this year. Entitled Open, the effort sees German-Turkish pianist Erol Sarp and Swiss engineer/mechanic/sofware designer Lukas Vogel continuing an exploratory and open approach to their music, with the grand piano as their one and only centrepiece.

Open will see the light of day on October 20th via City Slang but we can already hear a taste from it, the sublime and ravishing first single ‘Bloodflow’. It comes with video directed by Hugo Jenkins, who had this to say about it:

“When I first heard the track I was really intrigued by how certain parts repeated yet kept evolving in a way that felt amazingly effortless. This made me reflect on different forms of spirituality and therapy that often involve repetitive tasks. I tried to let this repetition inform the way the film is structured, often returning to a particular idea but revealing a little more each time we see it.

The feel of the music is just so emotive I felt an abstract exploration of memory, family and the mother/daughter relationship made sense to me. The environment I chose to explore this in was drawn from a personal experience I had a few years ago.”

To get excited for this release, check out the video for ‘Bloodflow’ below.