*2024 stock* "We are all three daughters," says Marie-Claire Schlameus, cellist and part of the experimental band toechter. She founded toechter together with Lisa Marie Vogel and Katrine Grarup Elbo. The three musicians are rooted in the classical music tradition. However, they have set themselves the task of revealing and exploring the various facets of their string instruments violin, viola and cello. Their collective desire is to create a dialogue that focuses on the encounter between acoustic and electronic sounds. Born from this is their debut album Zephyr - which captures the band's diversity and synergy in twelve distinctive electronic-acoustic tracks.
The album sounds very electronic and yet every sound on this string record has its origins in acoustic instruments. toechter have been sampling their instruments themselves for years. To create drum beats, they devote themselves to percussive elements that their instruments provide. Alongside the sometimes melancholic, sometimes tender and elegiac melodies, they create a world of electronica, producing bass drums by wiping, clapping and tapping on the body of their instruments.
Layered textures, looped voices and white noise are applied like splashes of coloured ink on an abstract painting. Every sound feels full-bodied and warm, thanks in part to the outstanding acoustics of Hall 3 at Funkhaus Berlin, where the album's choirs and string arrangements were recorded. The post-production of the album took place in the Berlin studio of electronic music veteran Apparat with producer and cellist Philipp Johann Thimm.
Zephyr is the first album released on Edition DUR/KulturManufaktur. Edition DUR is dedicated to exploring bold sound experiments that meet traditional and modern instruments and powerful rhythms paired with delicate sounds. A direct eavesdropping attack that brings boundless music to vinyl.