Here and Why Klangwelt
- 2Cold War Child00:00
- 9Wake Up. Sleep. Repeat.04:44
- 12An Explanation of Life07:17
Info for Here and Why
The predecessor "The Incident" from 2018 was played extensively on the radio in America, and not without reason: Gerald Arend aka Klangwelt is known for innovative electronics, and his fifth album surprises again with fresh impulses and expressive sounds.
Noises and snatches of speech from the dark past meet cold beats and sequencers ("Cold War Child"), Mellotron choirs meet pearly piano arpeggios ("Corium") and rich bass synths meet Jean-Michel-Jarre-like sequences ("Futurist"). Vocoder pop reminiscent of Kraftwerk and OMD ("Information") alternates with stylishly alienated vocal samples ("Muse") and warm analogue pads à la Vangelis ("Ago").
Klangwelt has been inspired by the huge variety of European electronic music, but has long since found its own unmistakable signature. "Here and Why" is a mature album, unpredictable in the best sense of the word, full of details worth discovering, excellently produced and always melodic and accessible despite all the joy of experimentation.
(German for “world of sound”) is the musical project of Gerald Arend, a German audio-designer who is working for the multimedia and computer games industry. His music is based on the tradition of European electronic music, combining influences of artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Yello with a unique blend of rich tone colours and sometimes unpredictable harmonic ideas. Further trademarks are his catchy, minimalistic melodies, grooving rhythms and playful sample gimmicks.