Bohren & Der Club of Gore-Piano Nights- Album Cover


1. Im Rauch
2. Bei Rosarotem Licht
3. Fahr Zur Hölle
4. Irrwege
5. Ganz Leise Kommt Die Nacht
6. Segeln Ohne Wind
7. Unrasiert
8. Verloren (Alles)
9. Komm Zuruck Zu Mir


There will be nights where you stare out a window for hours, running your life through your mind. There will be nights when you will walk slowly down the street and contemplate the big questions. And there will be nights where solitude is your closest companion. These despondent moments will be heightened with BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE’s latest album Piano Nights.

The mix of ambient and jazz is a BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE staple. A double bass, piano, saxophone and drum set fill the positions in the standard jazz equation while a synthesizer, vibraphone, mellotron and vocoder give the shade the group needs for its doom ridden music. Founded in 1992, the members of BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE sought to bring a more unique sound to the music industry. The original members included Thorsten Benning (drums) Robin Rodenberg (Bass) Reiner Henseleit (guitar), Morten Gass (bass/piano), before Henseleit dropped from the group, taking the guitar out of the BOHREN group. Christoph Clöser later joined with his saxophone, solidifying the heavy tone BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE evokes.

Patient and dark, the album opens with a buzzing synthesizer creeping upon the horizon with melancholy strings humming along quietly. Im Rauch will make you falter in your step because it is so confident. Your breathing slows, your shoulders relax and you will blink in time with the drum cymbal. Immediately, you are dropped into a noir film where there are crooked cops and imposing figures at every corner. And just as quickly you are brought back to the moment with the rich tone of a saxophone.

Some of the tracks will not relax you. They will put you on edge and lead you to peer over your shoulder, seeking the source of your anxiety. Whether positive or negative, Piano Nights has a way of coaxing moods and emotions out of the listener; it can simultaneously make you feel full and empty, an experience that jazz is familiar with achieving.

We may not always want cheering up when the sky is dark and our solitude is swallowing us whole and for these times “Piano Nights” by BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE will guide you through the night with expert patience and sound.

NBHAP Rating: 3/5