TRANSLUCENCE by MND TRCK (2017)
MND TRCK's latest release is a paradigmatic example of what the Bochum-based ensemble is currently up to. The piece appears to be a manifesto-like blue print of the musical and formational shifts the band is currently undergoing.
Founded as a trio in early 2016, MND TRCK codified as a core principle to explicitly encourage featuring guest artists in their shows and on recordings. Thus, vocalists and instrumentalists alike regularly found their spot on the firm basis modeled by the archetypical rhythm section of keyboards, bass and drums. The fragments of their collaborator's artistic fingerprints, injected in the course of countless stick-breaking and heart-taking encounters, have become a vital part of the trio's DNA and defined its distinct sound.
Even in 2017, the appreciation of such inspiring dialogues has not faded. Yet their ephemeral character left the desire for establishing opportunities for more continuous conversations unsatisfied. This longing for breadth and depth, for characterful enrichment of the ensemble's iconic idiolect, its playful solidity can be vividly perceived in MND TRCK's latest studio album. TRANSLUCENCE, thus, also marks the dawn of a new period: It has been clearly conceived an invitation for others to board and join in the discussion.
Already while putting the final touches to the record, the premises of its immanent prophecy fulfilled. With trombonists Maximilian Wehner and Kiril Zafirov and pluripotent percussionist Philipp Bracht the band doubled, from a tight trio to a space-consuming sextet.
Jan Schimmelpfennig – drums
Ruben Philipp – piano, electric piano, organ, synth
Robin Heimann – bass, programming, string arrangement, electric guitar, lap steel guitar percussion
Maximilian Wehner – trombone
Philipp Bracht – percussion
Tim Bücher – electric guitar
Alex Niermann – trumpet
produced, mixed and mastered by Robin Heimann
all songs composed by Jan Schimmelpfennig, Robin Heimann and Ruben Philipp
cover photography by Felix Bouché
released September 11, 2017