highlights Alex's first solo departure from his group Einstürzende Neubauten, with a collection of tracks that were recorded and assembled over a two year period, made while traveling throughout Europe and North America. Armed with a portable recording setup, he collected sound pieces from a wide variety of musicians . These sonic 'keepsakes' were then filtered, processed, and assembled back home in Berlin in order to build his musical sanctuary, and ultimately this CD.
The end result is an album than can be haunting, sinister, beautiful, as well as irreverent - but always powerful. Alex fuses improbable textures with highly musical arrangements. That familiar sensibility is still there, and Neubauten fans will not be disappointed; but more importantly, Sanctuary is an album that officially confirms Hacke as a solo artist in his own right, and makes one look forward for what's to come.
Managing to be both cinematically far-reaching and intimate, Sanctuary is an aural feast. The wide range of music is hard to believe and sometimes to digest (check out the saxophone squeals amidst the assortments of alarm-clock irritations on Yours Truly
), but there is such an intensity, it's hard not to be drawn in. --Owl Mag