Anyway, I digress. I'm very good at that, you know, but let's get back to the task at hand, reviewing a splendid piano based album. On first listen, the phrase "yummie" wasn't so far off since this is yet another delicious piece of music.
'Gaslight' is the debut by English composer and pianist James Maloney, born in Birmingham but now residing in London. The piano is the central instrument but you can also hear trumpet, vibraphone, glockenspiel and electronics. I guess that puts us right into the scene dominated by people like Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. In fact, perhaps it's safe to say that Maloney combines the cinematic approach of Arnalds with the playfulness of Frahm.
That playfulness can immediately be found in the opener 'Seascape', a rather strange intro which sounds as if the pianist is warming up his instrument. From then on, starting with the beautiful 'Blink', the whole unfolds as a gentle classical meets ambient album. Another keyword seems to be "minimalism" which brings people like Philip Glass to mind. Just listen to the short and dreamy 'Lament' and you'll know how minimalism can be something brilliant.
Let's throw another big name in the mix. Somehow, 'Gambetta' reminds me of some tracks by Laraaji. Uptempo piano touches, combined with gentle soundscapes, but still calm and immersive. Not a lot of people can pull that off, I think. That being said, I think jazz fans can easily appreciate this stuff too. I'll test that tonight, when my jazz-loving friend is coming over. But for now, I'll just recommend this to everyone who wants something nice and soothing on Sunday.