Animal Heart

by This Is Pan

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Red Kite 07:14
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Third Eye 06:25
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Boxing Day 06:45
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about

<< I was sleeping out in the woods in a makeshift camp. In the middle of the night, I was startled by some really strange noises. This happened twice. I couldn’t tell how much time went by between them… The first time I woke up, it turned out there was a Goa party on the adjacent hill.
But the second time, it was something altogether different.
It was a primal sound.
Grunting in the bushes.
It turned out to be a wild boar! It was huge!
I was at her mercy.
No tent, no shotgun. I'm not the cowboy type. The only weapon I had was the coffee in my Bialetti pot.
It was pitch black.
I couldn’t see her, but I felt her coming closer.
I held my breath,
hoping she would leave.
She snorted again, indignant, as if to say “How dare you disturb me?”
She was so close I could hear her breathing.
Finally, when she saw me… “Oh, it's just you. Another lost soul.”
She turned around and walked away.
I could hear her footsteps slowly soften against the forest bed. My heart pounded away, stuck in my throat. >>

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This album is my most personal so far and my most honest. Each animal portrayed represents not only an actual encounter I had, but really a human connection.
Letting go of some sort of civilizational filter, allowing a full range of emotions that make for a truly human connection on a primal level – this is what the Animal Heart stands for.

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We recorded this album during the hottest days of 2020 in the middle of the pandemic year. The recording session felt like an explosion of all the pent-up energy that had amassed during the previous months.
Thank you Gregor, André, Dave and Lukas for pouring your energy into the music. You gave me something truly special.

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Sissel Vera Pettersen also made a beautiful contribution to this project by singing her feature for the reprise of "I Saw a Lynx Once". Her incredible musicianship is obvious… Thank you, Sissel!

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It all only came together with André's post-production skills. You gave the music a beautiful space to live in and managed to bring out the personalities of all five of us perfectly. Thank you.

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Yan Hirschbühl has made artwork for my productions for fifteen years now. You manage to understand profoundly what I mean, consciously or not – and in your intricate work, you make your own artistic statement at the same time. Thank you: Here's to many more.

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Thank you for listening and supporting!
Matthias

credits

released May 7, 2021

Matthias Kohler…sax, composition
Lukas Thoeni…trumpet
Dave Gisler…guitar
André Pousaz…Bass
Gregor Hilbe…drums
feat. Sissel Vera Pettersen…vocals (Track 11)

Daniel Somaroo…recording
André Pousaz…mix, editing, mastering

Yan Hirschbühl…artwork

ANUK Label ANUK0044
anuklabel.com

Produced by Matthias Kohler, co-produced by André Pousaz

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matthiaskohler.ch

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Matthias Kohler Bern, Switzerland

I'm a saxophonist and composer based in Switzerland but active internationally. Father of two, lover of one, music is where I express and reflect. If it's just about music, it's just about music… but it could also be about everything or anything else. <3 ... more

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