These days, new music from Fennesz comes too infrequently; his last official solo album was released six years ago, but what we’ve gotten recently has been revelatory. His collaboration with Autre Ne Veut last year, “Alive,” was just about perfect (and our Song Of The Week) and now he has announced a new album. Bécs will be released on Editions-Mego, the classic experimental label and not an unfamiliar place for the producer/guitarist. The last Fennesz LP released on Editions-Mego was 2001’s Endless Summer, one of the most beautiful-sounding records of the 2000s (while still essentially a noise album). The first single off the new one, “The Liar,” is darker than that last Mego outing, but it follows the trajectory Fennesz has been moving in over the last decade or so, and with some headphones on you can find vastly different layers playing out: some hellish, others angelic. The track is streaming below, and really it’s just great to hear that guitar again, even though it is iconically unrecognizable as a guitar.
Bécs is out 4/28 via Editions Mego.