Crafting spare but evocative experimental pop that bears traces of the xx and Mazzy Star, Berlin's Fenster is the project of JJ Weihl and Jonathan Jarzyna. After signing with the Morr Music label, the band earned a reputation for ambitious releases like 2014's Pink Caves and 2015's Emocean, the latter of which provided the soundtrack to their own sci-fi film of the same name.
New York City native Weihl had spent time playing music in Berlin with Jarzyna before moving back to her hometown for love, but ultimately returned to Berlin in mid-2010. When she reconnected with Jarzyna, the pair began working on songs together in his studio. After a stint busking all over town to raise funds, Fenster -- who took their name as a tribute to the way a window frames open spaces -- began recording in earnest with their friend and producer Tadklimp in January 2011. The results piqued the interest of Morr Music, which released a 7" single that October and the full-length Bones in early 2012. To help fill out Fenster's sound for live events, Weihl and Jarzyna added Rémi Letournelle to the fold. In 2013, Fenster headed to a cabin in East Germany to work on their follow-up album. They wired the entire property with microphones and recording equipment and began recording both music and found sounds they encountered throughout the cabin. The resulting album, 2014's Pink Caves, revealed an even more experimental and ambient approach. Their follow-up would end up being the band's most ambitious project to date. Released in late 2015, Emocean is the soundtrack to their sci-fi film of the same name. In addition to starring in the film and composing the soundtrack, the members of Fenster wrote, directed, co-produced, and co-shot Emocean. Though smaller in scale, their next project again played to their ambitious nature, this time setting strict guidelines to promote equal collaboration within the band. Sequestering themselves away at a live-in studio in Italy, the bandmates composed and arranged every song together in the same room, leading to the 2018 album, aptly titled The Room. ~ Heather Phares