“It’s an extraordinary piece of music. It’s a work of two brothers, Sebastian on cello and Daniel on piano, and together they play as CEEYS. I saw them premiere tracks from their new album at Neue Meister gig that I went to very recently in Berlin. This is a project, which is actually dedicated to their parents and it is written about the buildings that surrounded them in their childhood, growing up on the streets of
East Berlin.“ – Mary Anne Hobbs BBC Radio 6 Music
The fourth album and photography project of renowned duo CEEYS is dedicated to their nostalgic memories of their childhood eldorado – the island HIDDENSEE.
The Potsdam-based East Berlin brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke continue their acoustic-electronic signature style in an extended version: by use of cello, piano, effects and East European synthesisers – condensed to minimalist, experimental but accessible improvisations on the threshold between avantgarde and pop that combine elements from jazz, ambient and classical chamber music.
Making use of the new freedom to travel, the brothers along with their parents moved between East Germany and “the rest of the world” in the 1990s. Both inspired and irritated by these rich cultural impressions, they eventually – with both gratitude and nostalgia – wished themselves back to their small island in the middle of the Baltic Sea: Hiddensee.
This turning point reveals a strikingly serene sense of modesty and humility, rooted in the daily need to manage and resolve shortcomings during GDR times. Up to this day, this background marks a continuous source of inspiration for their work:
„Grown up in the last decade of the former GDR, we aim to confront our memories, impressions and feelings regarding those hybrid years in our musical releases.” – CS