The Austin 100: Fennesz Austrian guitarist and composer Christian Fennesz has spent his career toiling in the margins of ambient and experimental sound.
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The Austin 100: Fennesz

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Fennesz.

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Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Genre: Electronic

Why We're Excited: While not a discovery in the "promising newcomer" sense — his first EP came out in 1995 — 57-year-old Austrian guitarist and composer Christian Fennesz has spent his career toiling in the margins of ambient and experimental sound. He deserves a wider audience for his dense, hypnotic compositions, which shift and drift with tectonically paced epic grace. At 12 minutes, "In My Room" is the closest his new album Agora has to a single, and when it ends, it's hard not to start the whole thing over again.

Listen to Fennesz's "In My Room"

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