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Grandbrothers Share New Single “What We See”- New Album Due January 15th via City Slang

January 1, 2021
Pictured: Grandbrothers by Toby Coulson


Share New Single “What We See”
Taken From New Album ‘All The Unknown’ out January 15th on City Slang

Grandbrothers have shared a second single from their forthcoming album ‘All The Unknown’, which is set for January 15th release on City Slang.

Following the album’s title track & accompanying cinematic video, What We See is a moving piece, written with the aid of artificial intelligence.

The band comment: “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.”

What We See projects Grandbrothers skill to experiment with a new sound and show their defiance within their experimental values. This is truly a moving masterpiece, as is each Grandbrothers’ track that has been unveiled. Building up these intricate layers to create this powerful instrumentation, the layered loops captivate the audience. As Grandbrothers utilize the strength in the notes being played, harnessing the softer more delicate moments then uniting in the more abrupt keys gaining traction. This outfit are masters at creating electronic pulsations which resonate in emotions, the emotions connecting to the audience throughout the exploration.

On the leafy cover Grandbrothers invite the spectator to peer through the thick foliage of a hawthorn bush, seemingly powered by a similar sense of curiosity that informed this exploratory new record. Ditching the restrictions of their former setup, with their new record the Turkish-German/Swiss duo took a leap into the dense unknown—and landed on their feet.
The album maps out a wide-open soundworld of compositional possibilities for pianist Erol Sarp and producer / electronic engineer Lukas Vogel, who have been putting their modern and unique electronic spin on prepared piano since first forming in 2012. Forgoing the need to play every single note live, this new album sees the pair juxtapose the old and new once again, venturing further into the electronic cosmos armed with a grand piano, self-built computer-controlled mechanics, and a new sense of latitude.
Listen closely to this latest album and you can hear an old-school hip-hop beat enmeshed in melodic piano, or feel the cold rush of techno fly past at lightning speed. “We wanted to leave the lovely romantic piano music behind,” explains Sarp, whose affinity with dance music has always been an influence on his writing process. Motifs of club music creep subtly into ‘All The Unknown’’s impeccably textured palette, which nonetheless uses sounds found exclusively within the piano. These sounds and samples are triggered and collected using mechanics built by Vogel and placed inside the piano, then extracted, processed and shaped beyond their original identity to create alien beeps, beats and tones. Melding these with the organic piano sounds is what fuels Grandbrothers’ creativity.
‘All The Unknown’ will be released on January 15th 2021 via City Slang. Pre-order and streaming options can be found here: https://grandbrothers.lnk.to/AllTheUnknown
‘All The Unknown’ track list:
 1. Howth
2. What We See
3. Umeboshi
4. All the Unknown
5. The Goat Paradox
6. Four Rivers
7. Shorelines
8. Auberge
9. Organism
10. Silver
11. Black Frost
12. Unrest
13. Mourning Express


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