Martin Kohlstedt’s third record and opus “Strom” is a stream of ruthless moments exposing the piano to the elements. Amid the flow of the nine pieces the composer himself slowly dissipates and enables the experience of music in its most primal dynamic. One witnesses the transformation of closeness and intimacy into vastness and force and that there is beauty to be found in everything – especially in the ephemeral. Consequently “Strom” brings forth manifold forms of itself, appearing hazy and perilous, in the next instant direct, almost playful to ultimately appear awestruck in the face of its own gravity. No distinct answers have been thought of, no measures taken, no interpretation preconceived for “Strom”. Instead you could get the feeling that Martin Kohlstedt, with this record, erected a monument in honor of intuition itself.
“Strom” will be released via the in-house label Edition Kohlstedt worldwide on 17th of november on double LP, CD and all digital platforms and can be pre-ordered here.
“CHA”, the first single of “Strom”, is the blending of light piano melodies and the overwhelming intensity of rolling noise waves. Light and shadow, crackling fractures and thick mist, an exercise in musical plasticity. One feels immediately: This is only a beginning.