Organ Thing of The Day – a quick one today, things to do, places to be. ‘Stress Als Optie’ is the second single from De Beren Gieren‘s upcoming new album ‘Less Is Endless’ (Sdban Ultra, September 10th 2021). The video is by Victor Van Rossem. I rather think the music once again does the talking and yes indeed, “robust evidence that gold can still be mined from the union of piano, bass, and drums…”
De Beren Gieren are: Fulco Ottervanger — piano, synths & effects Lieven Van Pée — double bass Simon Segers — drums & effects
“De Beren Gieren provide robust evidence that gold can still be mined from the union of piano, bass, and drum… The Dutch-Belgian acoustic-electronic piano trio are set to release their highly anticipated new album ‘Less Is Endless’ on 10th September 2021, via Sdban Ultra. Known for their dynamic sound and complex song structures, De Beren Gieren deliver an extravagant blend of polyrhythmic soundscapes and elitist twists, showing an ability to change mood in a way that constantly holds the listener’s attention. They effortlessly shift from more rigidly styled compositions to improvised sections and thus reveal the pulsating and ominous futuristic sound of a new world.
Produced by Dijf Sanders and Frederik Segers, ‘Less Is Endless’ is an ode to a universe teeming with life. Seen as an extension to the critically acclaimed 2017 album ‘Dug Out Skyscrapers’, it searches for vents through which life can emerge and evolve. The secret of communicating creativity can be found in the cultivation of the unfinished; the missing piece of the puzzle tickles the imagination more than the perfect end result. From the psychotropic opener ‘A Funny Discovery’ and off-kilter piano rhythms of ‘Animalcules’ to the impressionist melodies and harmonic soundscapes of ‘Tuin’, De Beren Gieren give the music the space to breath and grow with every unexpected twist and turn. Elsewhere, ‘Guggenheim House’ is a lesson in the avant-garde, while ‘Gentse Leugentjes’ is a far cry from the traditional piano-bass-drum set-up, before the affecting ‘Moments Never a Moment’ and 18-minute ‘A Random Walk’ is an adventure in improvisation and electronics that defies any logical convention.
De Beren Gieren are pleased to share the video for off-kilter new single ‘Stress Als Optie’ (released 2nd April). Stress as an option. Even on a silent day, it feels strange to have no stress. It’s about being in a state of mind in which you can choose whether you will experience anxiety or not. The video, structured and nervous at the same time, illustrates that balance in a weirdly mesmerising way. De Beren Gieren on the song: “This was a tune we almost skipped. We had 4 parts and could not find the right feeling for the overall atmosphere. Luckily we did not give up and waited for the eureka moment. At first, the chords that make most of the song now were only meant to be the outro. But in the end, they became the main thing”