Following on from last year's critically acclaimed Room To Expand on Brighton indie imprint FatCat, Ferndorf is the fourth record from the Dusseldorf-based musician Volker Bertelmann. Inspired by the small picturesque village where Volker grew up, each song is named after impulsive impressions from that time.
A classical pianist of ten years, Volker's minimalist and largely experimental compositions recall the work of Phillip Glass, Steve Reich and (more recently) Eluvium to great effect. Largely centred on the piano with a helping of strings and intricate percussive elements, Ferndorf is bursting at the seams with wonderful imagery. From the growing tension of opener 'Blue Bicycle', the hugely magical rhythmic beauty of 'Schones Madchen' or the rich strings and natural sounding glitch in 'Eltern' Bertelmann takes the listener on a journey with his rich and elegantly crafted arrangements.
Some people might find Ferndorf a little too one-dimensional, but not many can argue that these finely detailed autumnal sculptures don't provide the listener with a pleasant experience. Recommended.