While Europe is covered in snow and ice, it's time for a new #sonorospace article! I will present you in this write-up the new albums by Poppy Ackroyd, Anenon, and Gianluca Piacenza, which were all released in last four weeks. So enjoy in your (hopefully) warm apartment or house this little article!
Poppy Ackroyd is back! She released in the last month her new full-length album called "Resolve". Her self-produced and most ambitious recording is the direct follow-up to her EP "Sketches" (2017) and saw the light of day via the London-based indie label "One Little Indian Records" (Bjork, Asgeir).
After her breakthrough with her "Denovali" releases "Escapement" (2012) and Feathers" (2014), Poppy became one of the most exciting and highly sought-after musicians in the contemporary classical world with sold-out live shows alongside legends like Nils Frahm.
Poppy's new album became very personal and she described it as follows: “Resolve is about the determination to embrace the good things in life whilst dealing with unexpected and challenging difficulties. Finding the light in the dark, facing sadness and loss head-on, and developing a growing inner strength.”
While she manipulated field recordings on her previous albums, Poppy has collaborated with other musicians on "Resolve" to enrich her signature sound paintings. And it was definitly worth it! The soundscapes of this album are more picturesque than ever before and her improvised piano melodies brilliantly merge with all the looped drums, wonderful cello themes or mesmerizing clarinet motifs on pieces like "The Calm Before" or "Time". Poppy attained with this new collabortive concept and her excellent productional skills a new highlight in her musical life.
"Resolve" is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music and Amazon. Furthermore, she is currently touring through Europe with her new album and you can check her live dates on her website. Enjoy!
“I wanted to make music that can live inside of anywhere one finds themselves: city or country" - Anenon
On the February 9th celebrated Brian Allen Simon - better known as Anenon - the release of his latest masterpiece "Tongue" (via Friends of Friends). In the bustling experimental dance music scene is the self-taught musician with his ingenious albums "Inner Hue" and "Petrol" a well-known figure. While his first two albums were produced in the West Coast metropolis, the origin of his new album "Tongue" is completely different.
Anenon packed all his equipment and went over to Palaia in Italy’s Tuscany region, and produced in a makeshift studio in a 16th Century Tuscan villa his latest stroke of genius in just under a month. It's a true reflection of the essence of all the things that surrounded him in this unique recording experience - the picturesque landscapes, calmness of the villages and the distance to all the chaos in the world.
He captured many of his impressions with his soprano saxophone, which he first picked up with 22 years, and combined that sax impromptus with some wonderful minimalistic piano lines, field recordings or ambient-ish synth tones.Tracks like "Two For C", "Campana" or "Pure" are way more contemplative and reduced compared to his older tracks from the other two albums, but the influence of his idols like Steve Reich and John Cage is unmistakable. "Tongue" goes the same way like Nils Frahm's "All Melody" - it is a jazz, ambient, electronic, classical album at the same time. Minimalistic, but everything from the prelude "Open" to the outro "Sardina".
Anenon's new album "Tongue" is digitally and physically everywhere available. Enjoy!
Last but not least, Gianluca Piacenza, who released on February 9th his brand new album "The Road to Home" and captured with it the "the magic of loneliness" and "intimacy" of the night. The self-released recording is the debut solo piano album of the Italian composer, pianist and sound designer, and is the follow-up to his EP "Dream".
His twelve new pieces were composed, recorded and produced in his beloved Red Couch Studio - "a place where [he] can disconnect from the outside world and concentrate on expressing [his] deep feelings and emotions" (Quote by Gianluca) in the best possible way. As with previous musical works, Gianluca composed also this album on his Petrof upright piano with its mellow and atmospheric sound in many late night sessions.
Moreover, the soundscapes of his lovely pieces like "Shades of my life" or "Childlike Innocence" are full of "[...] noises, wood, and mechanical interactions, pedal creaks, and ﬁngers tapping [...]" (Quote by Gianluca). These little "imperfections" are an important part his musical style and an expression against clean, cold modern productions. Thankfully, he took this compositional and productional approach, because all the "noises" of the piano and studio make every track a little bit more fragile, intimate and emotional. Those tender lullabies like "Moonlight Walk" capture perfectly the calmness and beauty of the peaceful hours in the night.
"The Road to Home" is only digital available, but it will also be released as CD later this year. So enjoy Gianluca's debut!