CHRISTIAN FENNESZ: AUN (OST) CD Ash International
For years Christian Fennesz has astounded listeners with a variety of work that transcends modern electronica, influencing many artists and in some ways being a legitimate Godfather of the scene.
Official soundtracks can often be hit and miss, with more direction on short pieces in the order in which they play out through the film they accompany. Luckily Fennesz has provided actual full pieces of work to be listened to in their own right.
‘AUN-The beginning and the end of all things’, follows the thought processes of Claude Lévi-Strauss when piecing anthropological essays throughout the 20th century and Japanese Shintoism. I have to admit to not seeing the movie, but as I am completely taken with this release, I may be more inclined to hunt the actual film down.
Careful attention to subtle ambience is the main body of this soundtrack. As always, Fennesz expresses his undeniable talent when it comes to reverberation and space, allowing each instrument to hit its own stride and essentially take its sole spotlight on the podium when needed, from beautiful, raindrop infused piano to sunlight infused acoustics.
Literally, this album is one of the highlights of the year so far; an aural accomplishment that should be revered and applauded for standing its ground, never pandering to any given genre and dancing to its own tune.