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Live • 2020

by Kl(aüs)

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Australia's premier exponents of electronic warmth and light captured live in Sydney in January, while the bush fires raged around them.

Kl(aüs) are Jonathan Elliott and Stewart Lawler. Originally from Tasmania, now living and working in Sydney, the pair have known each other for several decades and formed Kl(aus) in 2013 over a beer and a shared appreciation of Tangerine Dream's 79-85 period. They both have long experience in the music industry – Lawler, formerly a member of Sydney techno-pop outfit Boxcar has spent much of the last ten years touring with Tom Ellard’s Severed Heads. Elliott is a classically trained pianist who played in multiple local bands in the 1990s, touching on numerous genres and styles.

The set was recorded at the launch party for the universally praised "2" LP and although it can be viewed as an annex to that record, this is all new work, being a fully improvised set which fully demonstrates the telepathy between Jonathan and Stewart - self evident in the effortless complexity and dexterity on show here. Jonathan and Stewart are ably assisted here by third member Shane Pinnington.

Many of you will already know about the brilliant, uplifting and authentic sounds of Kl(aüs), and as the sleevenotes from James Thornhill testify:

"This is Kl(aus) in full flow, human and machine with all that unpredictability tamed into something coherent and beautiful, fun even. This is a vivid, charm-filled document of the brilliance of electronica played rather than programmed."

As ever, the artwork is designed and executed by Stewart with a nod to the thematic constructs of the previous two records.

The album is CD only. Stewart and Jonathan are currently working on an album with forthcoming Castles in Space artists, Dohnavùr, the early mixes for which are sounding utterly breathtaking. New records from Kl(aüs) and Dohnavùr will be appearing on Castles in Space next year.

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released December 4, 2020

Composed and performed by Elliot/Lawler/Pennington in front of a small audience in Marrickville, Sydney on January 30, 2020.
Over $250 was raised for NSW South Coast bushfire victims.

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Kl(aüs) Sydney, Australia

"All heart and humanity, Kl(aus) have again created the future of music, dreamed up in the past but perfect right now." - Electronic Sound Magazine, Jan 2020.

Kl(aüs) is a band in Sydney, Australia. We make music with synthesizers and other instruments. We like Berlin School, Prog and Post Rock, Experimental and more besides.
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