“This album and project has a lot to do with memories from travel ” explains Sieber, “ I wanted to create a sonic space where music guides the listener into some imaginative inner journey.”
Which explains why he came up with the name Aukai in the first place; it’s the Hawaiian word for a seafaring traveler, the sort of person who seeks out the stillness in uncertain waters. In the case of Sieber’s new record, that meant spending a winter holed up in a mountainside cabin around Colorado’s La Plata Canyon. Basic tracks were then cut in Lichte Studio Berlin and brought into full relief alongside cellist Anne Müller (Agnes Obel, Nils Frahm), violinist Bogdan Djukic, pianist Angelika Baumbach, keyboardist Alexander Nickmann, and longtime collaborator Jamshied Sharifi ( Sting, Yungchen Lhamo). Aukai was mixed then in Berlin by Martyn Heyne and mastered in London by Mandy Parnell (Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter).