After three astonishing, critically acclaimed albums and several years in Paris, the composer, and pianist Lena Natalia is back. Not only in her hometown Chicago but also with new enchanting music. "Almost Home" is the title of her fourth full-length album, which saw the light of day on the 7th July via her own record label Atelier Rls.
But let's take a look back on her other albums that were recorded just a few months or years ago. Her debut "Sundays in Paris and also the "award-winning" follow-up "Rendezvous in Paris" are both conceptional albums that were inspired by Lenas time in the bustling metropolis Paris. She describes those calm and mindful compositons as a "respite from the noise and bustle of the daily life [there] and beyond" - a musical flight for a few wonderful moments.
On this foundation and after many awards and positive feedback from the music press she released just a few months after "Rendezvous in Paris" her third, more personal album "Second Youth". The nostalgic feeling and atmosphere of her new piano composition combined with her intuition for brilliant musical storytelling make album another fantastic phase of her career as a composer.
With "Almost Home" enters Lena new musical territory and expanded her palette with new mixture of different elements - from string sections and a new piano melody structers to an enhanced modern sound design. With all those new styles and new compositional approaches she took the simply the right step and resulted in another beautiful solo piano, where she took us on a journey through her life - from her youth to her time in Paris and all the impression from her trips to all the different corners in the world. She draw a musical painting that is vividly impressive in its inspiring dimensions and aesthetics.