TSR003 Felix Gebhard – Gone For Walks

Today sees the second physical release on Tessellate Recordings, the sister label to the Audio Gourmet netlabel. It is by German musician/artist Felix Gebhard and is entitled ‘Gone For Walks’, an audio-visual project inspired by the artist’s walks around the Wendland area, Germany.
We recently made the album available to pre-order, which have been flying out the door so far – a huge thanks to anyone that has purchased!
The package includes a CDr containing four tracks of field recordings taken along the walks, guitar improvisation and experiments using other acoustic instruments. Also included are postcards featuring photography taken in the area, with one image/postcard per track. On the reverse of each is a map of the area with a red ‘X’ of the area in which the image was taken. You can view photos of the packaging, stream the album in full as well as order the release at the link below:

http://tessellaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/gone-for-walks

PRESS RELEASE
In our second physical release on Tessellate Recordings, we present you with Felix Gebhard’s Gone For Walks in a limited edition run of just 100 copies. Felix Gebhard is a much travelled musician, song-writer and artist from Berlin in Germany. Since his late teens he has been playing guitar and writing music. For many years he performed as part of the now disbanded Home Of The Lame who embarked on their final tour together in 2012. Since then, Felix has been concentrating on his solo material which departs from the 3-4 minute pop songs that Home Of The Lame became renowned for, making steps towards the experimental Ambient field. Felix’s first release under his own name came out last year on our sister label Audio Gourmet, followed by a vinyl release on his own Lametunes imprint called Wise Words For Elmore Bubbles. For the latter, he embarked on a small tour playing guitar live through a series of effects pedals.Over the years Felix has primarily lived in cities, such as Hamburg, Bremen, Malmo and Stockholm. Gone For Walks is a result of time spent away from the city during trips to his mother’s house in a village in Wendland. It is a rural region by the Elbe River which sits on the former East and West Germany border. The four tracks that comprise this album are the result of pictures and sounds he collected whilst on several walks in the area. The field recordings are joined by improvised layers of instrumentation including an acoustic guitar, electric baritone guitar, electric piano, organ, synthesisers, kalimba, bowed vibes, ukulele and various percussion instruments.
Felix strived to visualise the landscape and region by focusing on small sonic and visual details along the way. There was never the intention to stereotype an urbanite’s view on agriculture and country living but somehow the record finds itself being just that.

The tracks are named after the times that certain field recordings were captured and on the physical release, these are mapped and marked with an ‘X’ on the back of a postcard containing an image from the walks. Inside a sealed and stickered envelope, you’ll find a set of four postcards (one for each track) along with a copy of the limited edition CDr. There is also a digital version available which includes bonus items.


 

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Felix Gebhard – Gone For Walks (Reviews)

Felix Gebhard’s new album ‘Gone For Walks’ has already received some great reviews and coverage from some of our favourite sites. We thought on the eve of the release date that it would be nice to post up a few words/thoughts from some trusted mouths/minds:

FLUID RADIO
“With only his guitar for company, Gebhard leaves the city etched on the faraway skyline. The fraught tension of the city and the stress that is the rush hour commute is exchanged for a natural sanctuary. Gone For Walks takes a trip to a village in Wendland, a rural region by the Elbe River on the former East and West Germany border.”
Full review: 
http://www.fluid-radio.co.uk/2013/08/felix-gebhard/

HEADPHONE COMMUTE
Gone For Walks is the result of Felix Gebhard‘s escape from the Berlin city life into the rural region of Germany’s Elbe River, near his mother’s village house. The four pieces, titled after the particular times during which the field recordings were captured, are accompanied by layers of improvised instrumentation.The result is a perfect marriage between nature and music”
Full review: http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2013/08/25/sound-bytes-chris-watson-jack-dangers-felix-gebhard-bruce-gilbert-and-baw/

AMBIENT BLOG
“Berlin-based guitarist Felix Gebhard has a different approach to using environmental sounds. His recordings of the Wendland surroundings (a rural region near the Elbe River on the former East and West Germany border) provide the basic atmosphere for four ‘walks’ at different times of day. Perfect sounds for late warm summer nights!”
Full review: http://www.ambientblog.net/blog/2013-08-10/variousfieldrecordings

If for some reason you’ve missed it, you can check out ‘Gone For Walks’ by clicking HERE