Abandoned City is German composer Hauschka's first full length since 2011, and it will arrive via City Slang next March. Described by the composer himself as "dark, but in a quiet, uplifting way," it's his first 'proper' release since Salon Des Amateurs, in spite of last year's collaborative album Silfra with violinist Hilary Hahn.

"[The set manages to] awaken the loneliness and unattainable romance of timeless, unfamiliar places," says the press release, "[by creating] bright cheerful keyboard patterns and dark percussive touches."

"I was interested in finding a metaphor for the inner tension I feel when I'm composing music, a state of mind where I'm lonely and happy at the same time," Hauschka explains. "When I saw photos of abandoned cities, I felt it was perfect. People once lived there, but they left in a rush and now nature has taken over in a beautiful way, things are growing up from the sidewalk and the seasons are changing colours."

Watch the video for first single 'Elizabeth Bay' below. [via Exclaim]