Listening to music might set you on the wrong track especially with Lübeck-raised, Leipzig and Weimar-educated and Berlin-Hamburg-based composer, singer and visual artist Christian Naujoks. Focussing on dodecaphonism, minimalism, and classical composition, Naujoks created quite a stir with his debut album Untitled, released on Hamburg’s house institution Dial Records in 2009.
There weren’t that many light-footed records out there that didn’t take classical music too seriously, and Naujoks’ first longplayer was one of these: always intimate and intellectual, but also stubborn and fun to listen to at the sime time.
Whereabouts Naujoks showed a wide range from classical composition to deep house and R&B with Untitled, his upcoming sophomore album True Life / In Flames now focusses solely on classical instrumentation and composition: all nine pieces of the new album stick to the piano as the central instrument. Also, the marimba returns as an instrument (as heard in Naukoks’ 2009 tunes such as ‘Maladies’ and ‘Idyll’), this time with help from Martin Krause.
The overall feeling of the new record is warmth and distance. Minimalist pieces for these red wine moments or the latest after hours. Christian Naujoks’ voice has its only appearance on the two ‘Moments’ acts, and he’s cutting up a poem by E. E. Cummings from 1969 with musical pieces by John Cage from 1945 and 1948.
Just as with several parts of his previous album, Christian Naujoks recorded True Life / In Flames with Hamburg-based producer Tobias Levin again, this time at the small saloon at Hamburg’s concert hall Laeiszhalle. The album’s artwork (see above) comes from fellow Dial artist Dirk Stewen, who was also responsible for Naujoks Untitled cover artwork as well as his promotional photography – find more information on Stewen at The Guardian’s art blog.
True Life / In Flames will be out on Dial Rec. on February 27th 2012. You can listen to tracks off Christian Naujoks’ Untitled album over at his SoundCloud.
True Life / In Flames:
1. Chamber Two
2. On to the Next
3. Moments I
5. True Life / In Flames
6. Untitled Piano Take
7. You Are Everything
9. Moments II
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