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ANNE MULLER

HELIOPAUSE

ERASED TAPES


Format: LP
Cata No: ERATP128LP
Barcode: 3700551782673
Format: CD
Cata No: ERATP128CD
Barcode: 3700551782666
Berlin based cellist and composer Anne Müller, announces the release of
her long awaited debut solo album Heliopause, on November 22.
Heliopause follows several Erased Tapes releases featuring Anne, including
her celebrated collaboration with Nils Frahm titled 7fingers, appearances
on Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm’s Collaborative Works, Nils Frahm’s All
Melody and his acclaimed soundtrack for the film Victoria, Lubomyr
Melnyk’s Fallen Trees, as well as the two bespoke solo pieces Walzer für
Robert and Bel Tono for the label’s 5th and 10th anniversary box sets. In
fact, a glance at Müller’s Discogs boasts credits on over 60 releases since
she began recording in 2007.

Classically trained at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts
under the renowned cellist and conductor Michael Sanderling, Anne Müller
performed as a cellist in many of Berlin’s symphonies for some time before
choosing a different path with her music and focussing on novel approaches
to classical instrumentation. A profound believer in the power of artistic
collaboration, Anne’s skilled cello playing and instinctive composition
became extremely sought after. Following her work with Nils Frahm, an
enduring partnership with singer-songwriter-composer Agnes Obel
ensued, touring for five years together and featuring on two albums
(Philharmonics and Aventine) and most recently, working with multiinstrumentalist
Markus Sieber (aka Aukai) on his 2019 album
Reminiscence. In between all this, Müller also co-founded the progressive
live project Solo Collective along with violinist/singer Alex Stolze and
pianist/conceptual artist Sebastian Reynolds, releasing Solo Collective Part
One in 2017.

A solo record in every sense of the word, Müller wrote, recorded, arranged
and produced Heliopause. The album is named after the boundary where
the sun’s wind ceases to have influence. It is ultimately, the border of our
solar system. The name struck a chord with Müller since the two voyagers
sent on an exploratory mission 42 years ago, recently crossed the
Heliopause, entering into interstellar space and losing power from our own
sun. Müller recognised herself in this moment, not only approaching the
same age, but also breaking new ground; having relied on collaborating
with so many other stars and now venturing into the unknown with her first
solo statement; “Heliopause marks the end of a long journey but also the
start of voyages to explore strange new worlds”
Boldly opening the album with Being Anne, it sees Müller embrace her new
found freedom with the most experimental piece on the record, placing the
cello in a completely new context. Playing the strings of a broken down
piano with a plectrum and scratching parts of the key mechanism to
produce a rhythm, the once lost instrument is given a new lease of life
among looped cello drones and drums. “I used the sounds of a tiny piano I
got from my mother that she bought when she was a student and didn’t
have any money. Later it stood for years in our little summer garden
house, where I practiced on it constantly for my piano lessons. Even
though it’s old and not in the best shape, I love the way it sounds and call
it my little circus piano”.

The atmospheric swells of noise on Being Anne are juxtaposed beautifully
with the most stripped back and exposed song, Solo? Repeat!. The J.S.
Bach and Gaspar Cassadó influenced piece sees Müller go solo in its purest
form: unaccompanied cello. Lead single Nummer 2 is so titled as it’s the
second piece Anne ever wrote. A mixture of old sounds and newer
structures, its repeated arpeggio conjures drama and displays Müller’s
dexterous production abilities. Drifting Circles meanwhile provides the
album’s climax, amid an orchestra of looped cellos and vocals. Referencing
the minimalism of contemporary composers such as Steve Reich and Philip
Glass, it builds to a crescendo of harmonics, allowing the cello to sore as it
crosses the border from minor to major.
Both as the closing title track and album as a whole, Heliopause crosses
these physical and invisible borders throughout, sending the cello as a
typically classical instrument to exciting new and uncharted territory.

Tracks:

1. Being Anne
2. Solo? Repeat!
3. Nummer 2
4. Aarhus / Reminiscences
5. Drifting Circles
6. Heliopause

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