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Fennesz shares medley from first solo album in five years

Agora is Christian Fennesz’s first solo release since Mahler Remixed and Bécs in 2014

Christian Fennesz will release his first album of solo works in five years. Titled Agora, the release follows on from 2014 solo albums Mahler Remixed on Touch and Bécs on Editions Mego.

“It’s a simple story. I had temporarily lost a proper studio workspace and had to move all my gear back to a small bedroom in my flat where I recorded this album” explains the Austrian musician. “It was all done on headphones, which was rather a frustrating situation at first but later on it felt like back in the day when I produced my first records in the 1990s. In the end, it was inspiring. I used very minimal equipment; I didn’t even have the courage to plug in all the gear and instruments which were at my disposal. I just used what was to hand.”

In 2016 the artist released It's Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry with Jim O'Rourke, and last year a live recording of Glenn Gould reimaginings, titled Glenn Gould Gathering, was released on Sony. The recordings are made up of part of the gig that took place in Tokyo in December 2017. Also on that release are Alva Noto, Nilo, Francesco Tristano and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Fennesz's Agora is released on Touch on 29 March. You can listen to a track called “Umbrella”, which is a medley of the four tracks on the release, via bandcamp.