Initially, the four tracks on this EP were recorded with the intention to share them via SoundCloud, in order to introduce our band name
(... we recently changed from "Betzler & Brückner" to "P'Faun").
But the result was so cool that we felt the music deserved a better presentation, and so here we are - offering it via Bandcamp.
The two "title tracks" are based on synth / sequencer improvisations, by the way (much like the one exemplified in the bonus track) which might account for their slightly wilder, jam session like character...
For those still unaware of our previous work, here's a little history of the project so far:
Even though P’Faun is a new band (kind of...) it existed for 5 years under the monicker “Betzler & Brückner” - releasing two albums - and some of the members have even roots reaching far back into the past of electronic music and German rock respectively...
Drummer Tommy Betzler is a founder member of P’Cock, a German cult band who released three albums on IC Records in the early 80s - back then still label of electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze. Tommy also played drums for Klaus Schulze on different occasions (most prominently at the “Stahlsinfonie” concert 1981 in Linz) as well as working as a roady and stage / sound technician on KS’ big Audentity tour in 1983.
After a long break as an active musician and a career as catering service owner for international rock stars during the rest of the 80s and for German TV in the 90s - and after some serious illness - Tommy returned on stage in 2007 playing with Picture Palace Music (the older project of Tangerine Dream member Thorsten Quaeschning) and several other musicians and projects from the German and European electronic music scene...
Sammy David is an old friend of Tommy Betzler from their home town Darmstadt, and after guitar lessons from legendary guitar player Roye Albrighton of Nektar fame (the band being neighbours of Tommy Betzler in the early 80s) was involved in local bands who often borrowed P’Cock’s tour bus to reach venues back in those days. Like Tommy, Sammy returned to music after a long break (actually he studied medicine and became a doctor), finally fulfilling his dream of studying guitar at an academy. Today, he’s a guitar teacher and musician in several bands, including P’Faun.
Michael Brückner is the youngest band member, however founded the project together with Tommy Betzler in early 2013 - until now simply called “Betzler & Brückner”. Originally the idea was only to play one concert together and (perhaps) releasing the recording as a live album, however since that recording turned out to have unfixable sound issues (due to imbalances in the PA at the event) plans for a studio album were made. Michael is recording ambient, space music and other electronica since about 1992, has released quite a few albums during the past 20+ years and has played live both solo as well as in different projects - including “Betzler & Brückner”.
With the addition of Sammy David as a third regular band member (after the concert in late 2017 at the E-Live festival at Oirschot, Netherlands) it seemed necessary to find a proper new band name - P’Faun may seem a little weird on first look, but if You think of it, You’ll maybe see who this is a nod to... :-)
released February 18, 2018
Tommy Betzler: electronic drums, percussion & gongs
Sammy David: guitars & bass
Michael Brückner: keyboards, synths, electronics, additional drum programming, processed voice on track 2
Mixed by Michael Brückner
Mastered by Hans-Dieter Schmidt (thanks a lot, HaDi !!! )
P'Faun evolved from the duo "Betzler & Brückner" by drummer and co-founder of the iconic German 80s electro rock band P'Cock
, Tommy Betzler, and ambient and electronica artist Michael Brückner.
The duo had recorded two albums under their original name.
On both, guitarist Sammy David already had joined them as a guest. When he turned an official member, the trio chose a new name:
This was our first release (but the second album - the first is still unreleased, but scheduled for 2018). Already with Sammy David on guitar on two tracks, plus Fryderyk Jona on clarinet and moog. P'Faun
honestly this album takes quite a bit of time and many listening rounds to actually "get into". No doubt it is technically excellent, with more advanced composition elements than earlier records, however it isn't that easily accessible either. Perhaps this is actually a strength as each time you will listen to there will be more details to discover. Martin Richter