Ahead of his new album, Six Pieces, Kristof Hahn is releasing his new video for the track “Erwachen,” premiering exclusively here at New Noise.

Hahn is best known for his lap-steel guitar playing in SWANS and Pere Ubu, creating vast soundscapes that sometimes erupt into sonic thunderstorms and at others resolve into ethereal melodies.

Scott Morrison directed the video and says, “I wanted the video to complement the serene yet brutal reaction I had to Kritof’s music. Something calming with an undercurrent of chaos. The footage is sourced from my archives of Canadian lakes and rapids, where similar to the Kristof’s music the serene and sublime is countered with a brutal chaos and power embedded within.”

Kristof Hahn also spoke about the song and its inspirations, “The piece is  inspired by Ariel’s chant (accompanied by Aeolian Harps) in Act I Scene I of Faust, Part Two by  J. W. Goethe, which I was re-reading around the time of these recordings:

‘Ringing out to spirit-hearing,
Now, the new day is appearing.
Doors of stone creak and chatter,
Phoebus’ wheels roll and clatter,
What a din the daylight’s bringing!
Trombone- and trumpeting,
Eyes amazed, and ears ringing,
The Unheard drops out of hearing.'”

Watch the video for “Erwachen” here:

For more from Kristof Hahn, find him on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo vt Tatiana Hahn

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