Brandt Brauer Frick will release their fifth studio album, Echo, on Because Music on May 31. To coincide with the announcement, the German trio shared "Rest," their first new music in almost three years, and announced a series of EU shows.
"Rest" unfurls cinematically with its slow-burn of strings and an industrial- sounding chorus. It started with the discovery of an old sketch on a road trip through Italy. Returning to their Berlin studio, the band began working on it and continued in the Joshua Tree desert before to then recording strings and brass back in Berlin. "The song has evolved quite a bit and we believe you can feel some of the different places and moments in our lives within it," the band explains.
Formed by friends Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer, and Paul Frick in Berlin in 2009, the trio’s music owes as much to minimal masters Steve Reich and Philip Glass as they do the minimal techno of Ricardo Villalobos and the Perlon label. Their debut album, You Make Me Real, blended the highbrow music of concert halls with the euphoric abandon of club music and in doing so helped to pioneer the contemporary classical movement. It was followed with Mr Machine, a "remix" version of You Make Me Real, and then 2013's Miami, a concept album that drew on funk and spooky synths, and featured an unusual slate of guests including Jamie Lidell, Nina Kraviz, and Gudrun Gut. In 2016, they then morphed into a post-punk band entirely with Joy, bringing onboard Canadian poet Beaver Sheppard as their frontman.
The album lands June 7, with more details to come soon. Meanwhile, you can stream "Rest" below.
The full list of European shows is as follows:
May 10: Xjazz festival, Berlin
May 16: Electrowerkz, London
May 18: Switch Festival, Venues, France