subsurface //

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Release date: 
Recording location: 
Loft, Cologne
Recording date: 
Monday, March 16, 2009
Artwork design: 
Axel Haller
Mastering engineer: 
Markus Braun
Mixing engineer: 
Markus Braun
Recording engineer: 
Stefan Deistler
  • 1. magnetic hill (02:26)
  • 2. dreaming on a cargo (09:37)
  • 3. hyperlinking (04:22)
  • 4. calm city (04:24)
  • 5. slow collapse (06:27)
  • 6. spectral radiance (08:26)
  • 7. subsurface (04:04)

Nils Ostendorf - trumpet
Philip Zoubek - prepared piano
Philippe Lauzier - bass clarinet, alto saxophone

"Another elegant outing on Berlin's schraum imprint. Subsurface pits Ostendorf's trumpet and Lauzier's bass clarinet and alto sax against the well-prepared piano of Philip Zoubek, skilfully juxtaposing lugubrious subterranean gurgles with bright, chattery (but never aggressive) exchanges. Lauzier's bass clarinet is exquisite, notably in its high register on "Spectral Radiance", and Ostendorf is no slouch when it comes to post-Axel Dörner huffery puffery, but he's at his best playing the long note game against Zoubek's E-bow and Lauzier's silky sax. "Calm City" and "Slow Collapse" are simply gorgeous. As for Zoubek, everything he has released to date has been first class, and this is no exception."

The Wire (United Kingdom)