The album see the Oscar-nominated composer and pianist, real name Volker Bertelmann, do away with his customary instrumental preparations to return to the pure piano. This is reflected in the first album singles "Curious" and "Dew and Spiderwebs," both of which herald the central themes of the album: the experience of nature as the basis for Hauschka’s understanding of life and the composition of music.
The album is also said to be a plea for us to protect and preserve our natural world.
Hauschka has worked on numerous projects throughout the last decade, most notably in the fields of theatre, dance, and classical ensemble works. In recent years, he has also built a prolific career writing scores for films, coming to international prominence in this field through his soundtrack for the hit film "Lion" in 2016. His other recent soundtrack work includes the films "Hotel Mumbai,""Adrift," and "In Dubious Battle."
“In A Different Forest, I’m focusing on the forest as a natural environment and contrast to the urban everyday life; to my surroundings. Where do I want to live and work? What surroundings do I need in order to feel fulfilled? By examining these questions I always come back to nature." —Volker Bertelmann
02.Dew and Spiderwebs
03.Talking to my father
05.Hands in the Anthill
08.Bark and Moss
09.Skating through the woods
10.Daybreak over Covent Garden
A Different Forest LP lands February 8, with "Curious" and "Dew and Spiderwebs" streaming below.