After Flying Letters and Shadow Garden, Sarah Buechi is releasing her third album on Intakt Records, Contradiction of Happiness. She has seized the opportunity to take her music in a new direction, and has augmented her superb quartet – with pianist Stefan Aeby, bassist André Pousaz and drummer Lionel Friedli – with the addition of three string players.
"The results are extremely convincing." writes Manfred Papst in the liner notes. "She demonstrates once again that her compositions are far more than run-of-the mill songs with verses, rhymes and a chorus. They are ingeniously structured mini-dramas in which complex stories are told in a confined space. They are poetically dense, with vocal beauty and an enormous spectrum of expression. Their music is sophisticated, thoughtful, but also very sensual. The wonderful ‘After We’ve Kissed’ on the new album is the best example of this.“
released February 16, 2018
Sarah Buechi: Voice
Stefan Aeby: Piano
André Pousaz: Double Bass
Lionel Friedli: Drums
Estelle Beiner: Violin
Isabelle Gottraux: Viola
Sara Oswald: Cello
Lyrics and compositions by Sarah Buechi (except “Schönschte Obigstärn”, trad.). Recorded by Andy Neresheimer at Hardstudios Winterthur June 8, 9, 10, 2017, for SRF Kultur and Intakt Records. Mixed and mastered by Martin Ruch, Berlin.
Cover art: Conor Flynn O’Donnell. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Lisa & Remo Ubezio. Liner notes: Manfred Papst. Produced by Sarah Buechi and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt. Published by Intakt Records.