Some more reviews for our latest album Ode to Doubt (in German): “Selten hört man heutzutage noch etwas völlig Einzigartiges und Neues, das in seiner Schönheit kaum in Worte zu fassen ist.” says Betreutes Proggen and hands out 15/15 points. “Hinterlandt zeigen den Himmel und die Erde auf” says StreetclipTV. “Kompositorisch weiterentwickelt” says Trust Fanzine who also featured a long Hinterlandt interview a few months ago. “Ein wirklich bemerkenswertes Album… Wohlklang und anspruchsvolle Kammermusik werden geschickt gemischt” says print-only prog magazine Empire.
Following the successful launch shows at Mona Foma Festival we’ve also had some initial reactions:
“All-acoustic spacious blend of contemporary chamber music, experimental sounds and alternative pop song” – The Mercury (AUS)
“Hinterlandt represents a distinctive, interesting and, I think, important stylistic excursion. Jochen Gutsch’s talent and vision as a multi-instrumentalist and composer has shaped an original project” – CutCommon (AUS)
“The lyricism is personal and witty, the composition is unparalleled, it’s just a fantastic little record.” MyIndieAustralia (AUS)
“A creative approach that is generally considered ‘high-art’, mixed with the qualities and characteristics of progressive/avant-garde music. Strings, brass and acoustic guitars, performing music that is romantic, rocky, creepy, percussive and sometimes mentally conflicting!” – 2SER Bandnextdoor (AUS)
“Gorgeous arrangements sprawling across seven tracks. Chamber music for indie lovers” – Cheap Slices (US)
“…an experiment to test the boundaries of what this format can offer … Overall, it’s a very interesting and diverse release from the Australian sextet.” – Canthisevenbecalledmusic (US)
On 19 January 2017 Sydney label Art As Catharsis releases our brand new album “Ode to Doubt”. It has 40 minutes of acoustic indie-chamber music. Three of seven movements feature vocals, the rest is instrumental. Music and words were written, arranged, recorded and mixed by Jochen Gutsch at the Hinterlab in Sydney. The album celebrates the notion of doubt as a healthy basis for critical thinking.
In the second half of 2016 we continue to tour the material from our latest album Ensemble plus a new ‘single’ called Chase a Dream It features vocals from Brian Campeau and Nicole Smede.
Thu 22 Sep 16 | GER | Berlin | Panda Theatre w/ Karsten Troyke
Fri 23 Sep 16 | GER | Hannover | Lima10 (invite only)
Sat 24 Sep 16 | GER | Berlin | Donau 115
Sat 08 Oct 16 | AUS | Sydney | Venue 505Chase a Dream single launch w/ Wartime Seethearts
Sun 09 Oct 16 | AUS | Newcastle | Royal Exchange w/ Andy Rantzen & Jochen Gutsch
Sun 16 Oct 16 | AUS | Katoomba | Hotel Blue w/ Oliver Downes
Fri 21 Oct 16 | AUS | Canberra | Smith’s Alternative w/ Oliver Downes
Sat 29 Oct 16 | AUS | Melbourne | Nicefest @ Bendigo Hotel w/ Fourteen Nights at Sea, A Lonely Crowd, Instrumental (adj.), Hashshashin, more
Sat 05 Nov 16 | AUS | Sydney | Nicefest @ Chippendale Hotel w/ Tangents, Wartime Sweethearts, Hashshashin, Facemeat, Seims, more
For these dates the ensemble will consist of various combinations of the following musicians: Simeon Johnson, Natalya Bing, Lidia Bara, Daniel Weltlinger, Brianne Curran, Liron Yariv, Brian Campeau, Nicole Smede, and Jochen Gutsch. We all hope to see you there.
Hinterlandt: ‘Patches & Paths’ (excerpt). Recorded live at Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 October 2015 by Mathew Steffen. Bronwyn Cumbo: violin, percussion / Natalya Bing: violin, percussion / Simeon Johnson: cello, percussion, effects / Jochen Gutsch: guitar, trumpet, percussion, effects. Full album: artascatharsis.bandcamp.com/album/ensemble
RealTime Arts (concert review): “… the long-form works take the audience on journeys through diverse sound worlds, the unconventional line-up of instruments creating unique possibilities and timbres …” Echoes and Dust (album review): “… a really original record which is really worth an hour of your time if you’re looking for a break from the self-imposed silo of your usual listening …” Vital Weekly (album review): ”… best enjoyed sitting down and listening carefully, but in a good mood; preferably with a glass of red wine at hand …” CutCommon (concert review): “… the meandering music traverses an array of styles, with grooving bass from the cello and trumpet melodies …“ CutCommon (album review): “… this is a group well worth keeping an eye (or ear) on …” Be Subjective (album review): “… Das Album ist toll, ich bin begeistert. Große Kunst, große Musik …” MyIndieAustralia (album review): ”… beautiful cello and violin lines drone in and out of melodies between each other, guitars plucked and strummed give measure and rhythm in parts …” Syke on Stage (concert review): “… five interconnected movements scored to reflect the dynamics of a day, including all the ups and downs one typically encounters; very much in keeping with Gutsch’s predilection for narrative …”
Twelve months after our first show as an acoustic ensemble we present the first album in this format, on Sydney label Art As Catharsis. ‘Ensemble’ features more than 60 minutes of original music across three long compositions. It was recorded in one day at Campbelltown Arts Centre during our recent residency there. The album is available now. We are playing a few launch shows, and we hope to see you there:
Fri 22 Jan 2016 | Canberra | Evening: The Front Gallery
Sat 23 Jan 2016 | Wombarra | Afternoon: Wombarra Bowling Club
Sat 23 Jan 2016 | Sydney | Evening: Lamps w/ Bambino Del’Oro, Pheonix Pie
Sun 24 Jan 2016 | Newcastle | Afternoon: Royal Exchange
One-off duo collaboration with Jochen Arbeit, Berlin-based guitarist of Automat and Einstürzende Neubauten. Improvised, continuous ambient piece recorded in one session on 18 November 2015 at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney. Published by Ears Have Ears on FBI Radio.
We are very excited to announce an artist residency we have at Cambelltown Arts Centre from 28 September until 02 October 2015. Building on score sketches and sonic concepts by Jochen, a new piece will be developed through collaborative experiments with sounds, instrumentation and technology. We will present the new composition on the last day of the residency. Please come along and see what we’ve been up to.