23.Apr.2017 Drei Farben House ‘Fluency Fabrics’ (Tenderpark 020) – out now!

For all of his life Berlin based musician Drei Farben House has been thrilled by the artistic concepts of repetition and modifying resemblances. Small but precise and perceptible variations of (musical) themes have been fascinating him throughout his life as a lover of dance-infused Pop. The artistic concept of handwriting has been questioned in the world of fine arts with some justification, but Michael Siegle aka Drei Farben House has remained a strong advocate of this artistic principle which in his view has resulted in so many impressive musical expressions in the history of Soul and Disco – reference points which have been particularly important to Siegle’s creative work.

The album’s sleeve shows the ‘Doris and Norman Fisher House’ in Hatboro (a suburb of Philadelphia) designed by Louis I. Kahn from 1960-1967. Kahn, based in Philadelphia and one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, was already in his sixties and progressively getting famous around this time for his sensitive combination of concrete and brick in larger scales. The almost spiritual sensibility of his buildings and his poetry of light created deep, fundamental connections between the spaces and their inhabitants.

“Every building must have . . . its own soul”, this famous quote of Kahn can easily be seen in the modest and wonderfully warm Fisher house which consits of two intersecting cubic volumes created from cedar wood – finished at the same time when only twenty miles away the newly founded Sigma Sound Studio recorded the Delfonics first record, installing the basements of Philadelphia Soul which was later leading to Phillysound, Disco and House.

Drei Farben House likes his new album ‘Fluency Fabrics’ to be seen as a piece of work using Disco as a main inspiration source, but steers clear of aesthetically imitating the pioneering sounds of the 70s and 80s from New York and Philadelphia. Instead, this album strongly emphasizes a claim to contemporariness and unmistakably locates itself in the House music scene of the presence. Still, the references to the times of classic Disco are all there: from the laid-back tempo which leaves room for the dancers to breathe and unfold to the traditional format of a vinyl record. Remaining true to this classic Disco format of vinyl 12”s results in certain limitations to the amount of how many tracks can be pressed on a record without loss of quality. However, Drei Farben House considers these limitations of format as a welcome challenge and an act of concentrating on the essence of the album.

Concept, art direction and graphic design of ‘Fluency Fabrics’ have been created by Till Sperrle of ITF Grafikdesign, one the most sought after conceptual designers in the field of electronic & independent music. The cover photograph has been photographed by the leading architectural photographer Tom Crane. As always all tracks have been thoughtfully mastered and cut by sound engineering proficient and vinyl expert Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering.

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