Post Tagged with: "Piano"

Council of Nine :: Trinity (Cryo Chamber)

The lugubrious and usual droney sound textures communicate with deeply sorrowing and altered melodious phrases mainly obtained by detached piano lines and echoing chordal sequences. Council of Nine is one regular project to be signed on the independent label Cryo Chamber. It is a one man musical entity formed in California by the dark sound […]

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BITS & PIECES with Daigo Hanada

Last February Japanese composer and pianist Daigo Hanada released his debut solo piano album on Montreal’s boutique imprint Moderna. Ichiru is made of eleven beautiful piano miniatures and a full-length closing piece written in Berlin and Tokyo and recorded using only an upright piano, a pair of microphones and Hanada’s two hands. Iglooview is in […]

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Eff Dst :: Blackout (Hymen)

Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark on soundtrack-driven environments as a propulsive bass assault shimmies its way throughout. Somewhere in the mist between foggy, dark industrial-tinged tones and lighter dub-ambient washes, Eff Dst (aka Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov) delivers a contagious electronic album for Hymen titled Blackout. Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark […]

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Thin Films :: Mountains and Machines (Thin Recordings)

Electronic varietals shimmy and segue through lush piano keys, and classic late 90’s-era IDM reflections. Fans of Ocoeur, Ulrich Schnauss and Kettel will revel in the mountainous peaks and softened machine grooves. UK’s Dan McRae (aka Thin Films) reveals Mountains and Machines, where electronic varietals shimmy and segue through lush piano keys, and classic late 90’s-era […]

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4T Thieves :: Details EP (Mahorka)

Tranquil and mildly steering vintage synths, this third EP for Mahorka oozes instrumental percussive bits and melancholic vistas. It is very apparent that Nik at Kahvi Collective knows how to keep the proverbial wheels spinning. He’s run the long-standing net-label for over a decade, and continues to renew his own sound within the 4T Thieves […]

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Kita Kouhei :: Akashic Records (Lantern / Nature Bliss)

Minuscule electronic portraits with intense foreign spices. Clicks and cuts, chopped piano extracts, broken melodies and digital symphonies spread across tranquil ambient streams are ever-present on Akashic Records. Bass thumps are massaged across Japanese vocal clips on a few tracks as emotive passages are balanced by glitch-lullaby meanderings. A sojourn of harmonic detail, disjointed keys […]

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Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)

Sitting Near Dreaming is a medley between subtle ambient electronica and melodiously cinematic atmospheres. Efficient and inviting for listeners in quest of deep serenity and reflective mental states. Marshall Watson is a multi-directional sound artist, musical engineer and a DJ based in San Francisco. He also composes soundtracks on specific demands in the world of advertisement […]

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Murcof x Wagner :: EP.01 (Infiné)

The different visions that the two artists had are well balanced, contributing to generate a unique and special blend of both electronic and acoustic textures, shifting from ambient electronics to contemporary classical. There is an intriguing and brilliant idea behind the concept on which this lovely EP is based and built upon. Issued by the ever […]

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Ocoeur :: Reversed (n5MD)

Ocoeur turns back time, piano tastefully graced with soft field samples, a flute, a violin, daubing a vivid, moderately Celtic landscape where sheep may safely graze. The not-so chance meeting of a summer’s day in Provence and a sensitive soul with two hands at the keyboard and a third occasionally manipulating a bank of buttons and dials. As Ocoeur, sound designer Franck Zaragoza […]

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Stefan Christoff & Nick Schofield :: Rêves Sonores à Montréal (Howl! Arts)

A thoughtful sonic map of moments in the city, each just two, three, four minutes long. Over many decades, Montréal has gone from being a provincial seat where, in the words of Mark Twain, “you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window” to an urbane mosaic where you probably couldn’t throw one without hitting a talented, […]

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Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher :: Eitt (Möller)

Though a collection of distinctive tracks, Eitt is all of a piece. As Ólafsson indulges us, the world keeps spinning on Futuregrapher’s axis—water trickles and laps, parents play with their kids, snow-static quavers as it is sifted through bare branches. In a recent interview, the venerable Ryuichi Sakamoto (he who ranges from scoring the most Hollywoody of movies […]

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Scyye :: From EP (Sparkwood)

With only 6 tracks, From showcases Scyye’s variability as a musician, his fantastic skill on the piano, and the emotional nuance involved in creating his music. Norway’s Sparkwood Records, from whence came the brilliant Principality of Dustland by Everyday Dust, is home to a group of similar artists, who play with etherial darkness, ominous noise, and […]

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Harold Budd & Jane Maru :: Jane 1-11 / Harold Budd :: Jane 12-21 (Darla)

Seeds float on their fluff like a hot summertime snowfall, and Budd’s airy synthesizer bears them that much further afield. Our world and welcome to it. Isn’t it surprising from this angle? It has generally been difficult for the undersigned to distinguish between Harold Budd‘s improvised and “composed” work, at least as far as the piano is concerned. […]

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Thomas Köner :: Tiento de las Nieves (Denovali)

Thomas Köner’s autopsy of the spatial and temporal properties of the piano. A captivating meditation on the longing in the life of sound. A total rip-off of Brian Eno. (Insert winking smiley face here.) The familial resemblance to “1/1” on Eno’s Music for Airports is uncanny, but it is also canny. It is Thomas Köner’s autopsy of the spatial […]

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Wegrzyn :: Volksmusik (Etalabel)

Three brief piano loops, nothing more, heavily processed. Volksmusik is said to have had its genesis in tragic personal events that befell debutant Lukasz Wegrzyn, eventually prompting memories of happy childhood summers in the countryside. Memory is an unstable and evasive agent. Every recollection surfacing from within leaves its root system further and further behind, seeks unexpected […]

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Otto A Totland :: Pinô (Sonic Pieces)

Only the coldest of hearts will not be affected by the seductive spell of these mini piano pieces. The embracing warmth, raw openness and cinematic spark they so effortlessly carry are simply irresistible. Writing about good music is always tricky. When the music is very emotionally charged and executed with the kind of expressivity which […]

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Carlos Cipa & Sophia Jani :: Relive (Denovali)

Cipa and Jani operate like eager piano scientists, performing an innovative, emotional and delicate procedure. One of the great things about the people operating Denovali, is that they don’t bind the imprint to one genre, they don’t search after a specific sound. If it’s good and they like it, they will release it, no matter […]

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Robert Haigh :: Strange and Secret Things (Siren)

Haigh’s seventeen miniatures are hardly strange and if they possess some secret, he seems more than willing to share it with us. He plays a crisp and clear piano, deliberate and intimate. Robert Haigh, long known as Omni Trio, is a veteran electronic and “ambient drum and bass” innovator. Strange and Secret Things, however, is solo […]

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Dictaphone :: Poems From A Rooftop (Sonic Pieces)

Underground jazz flecks, piano, field recordings, fuzzy radio signals, glowing guitars and Stolze’s lyrical violin create a fresh but oddly uneasy atmosphere and a palpably dense mise-en-scene that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Buy at Amazon, iTunes or Juno. Poems From A Rooftop, the latest opus for Monique Recknagel’s increasingly busy Sonic Pieces imprint, may […]

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Rich Batsford :: Valentine Court (Mouflon Music)

An enchanting weave of minimalist movement, the result in the ideal world of course, being the tracking of one artful leading lady in a full-length feature film. Add to that a delightful Edwardian pastel palette. Buy at Bandcamp, Amazon or iTunes. Rich Batsford is a classical pianist from Birmingham, England, and has appeared at the likes of The Big Chill Festival, […]

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Lubomyr Melnyk :: The Voice of Trees (Hinterzimmer)

The sheer physical performance of the pianist is awesome, but would not be more than a footnote if it weren’t such a triumph. Its flight is so propulsive, it’s a good the hoarse tuba is there to keep you from being swept off your feet. [Release page] In the natural world, the spiral—from the shell of […]

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