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
HIDDENSEE was written, performed and recorded in form of a live-mix by Sebastian and Daniel Selke at their very own Klingenthal Studio in Potsdam. It was later re-recorded by Antonio Pulli at Saal 3, Funkhaus Berlin to work with a reverb chamber and analogue treasures to capture the results on diverse tape machines. Finally HIDDENSEE was given into the trusted hands of Martyn Heyne who mastered the record at his beautiful Lichte Studio in Berlin. Andreas LUPO Lubich made the lacquer cut at Schnittstelle Berlin. The artwork reveals more images from our photo session in 2015 which was a sequence with a typical pre-cast building that was very common during that time,
shown here from different angles.
The Special Edition on 100 vinyls was released including a serigraphed collection of 12 postcards – matching the number of tracks on the album. These cards were produced with a risograph and show the island Hiddensee as depicted in a home video from 1986. While the video was shot on an original AG8 hand camera from the former CSSR, the risograph prints from Japan are environmentally friendly.
The album was released in the form of CD, 12inch Vinyl and Digital on June 14, 2019 via Neue Meister.
Distributed digitally worldwide through Edel and published by Kick the Flame.