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Best part of a decade post their last record for CCO, Bertram Denzel and Erik Dühn reprise their enchanted sound for Marsen Jules' Oktaf music & art label. Accompanied by peers such as To Rococo Rot's Robert Lippok on percussion, and TNP collaborator Florian Juncker on trombone, they coagulate a warm and dusty sound strung out between morphing electro-acoustic and ambient-pop dimensions. We'll let their old pal Thaddi Hermann take over from here: "Brom? “The word has a great sound, doesn’t it“, says Erik Huhn. “I also like the fact that it’s an element unable to exist on its own. There is a connection with Denzel + Huhn.“ 2 things have always been extremely important for Erik and Bertram: sampling and collaborating. With each other, but also with other people. This is what happened recording “Brom“ as well, but on a completely new scale. “It’s about new influences and also a new approach towards sound“, Bertram says. “We’d normally start off by sampling tons of records, always looking for bits and pieces to work with. This time, we also started with sampling, but we recorded the stuff ourselves. Instruments, field recordings, experimenting with microphones, looking for a new kind of ambience as a basis for our tracks. We’ve enjoyed this very much, so we were inviting friends to bring their instruments and ideas into the fold.“ Tarwater’s Ronald Lippok is among that crew, but also Brandt Brauer Frick’s Florian Juncker playing the trombone. You’ll also hear many self-made instruments on “Brom“ and the “Hang“, a kind of Swiss-made steel drum with a confusing esoteric heritage. Bringing all this into the mix “the record sounds more mature and complete in a way“, says Bertram. What really matters is that Denzel + Huhn actually did another record. Maybe their best one yet. Who am I to judge? All I know is that this record indeed matters in a big way, more than you can imagine. Just listen to "Schlagton", the closer of the album, condensing a million centuries of music history into a pop song, 4 minutes and 17 seconds long. If this tune does not provoke tears in your eyes, you're dead. Sorry for being so blunt. The truth sometimes hurts. Trust me, I've learnt this the hard way. So yeah, in-between trying to catch up with other new records I downloaded "Brom". You should do, too."