There's quite a similar story to be found on this album. Exec is Troels Abrahamsen, most notable for being the vocalist for Danish electro-rock band Veto. He too rediscovered the piano, a instrument he knew very well as a child. Fascinated by the warm, analog sound of this instrument, he started working on new songs, featuring nothing but the piano and his distinct voice. The result is this splendid album, a solo performance in the best possible way.
There's another Olafur Arnalds reference. The songs on this album remind me a lot of some of the ones on 'For Now I Am Winter', more specifically the ones with vocals. Both excel in creating an atmosphere of solittude and often complete loneliness. But not necessarily in a bad way. It feels a bit like sitting near an open fire in the heart of winter, cozy and soothing. It's both modest and emotional.
My advice? Well, fact is that Mr. Abrahamsen has a distinct voice which might take some getting used to at first. However, it still is a strong voice with plenty of timbre and dynamics to carry this album to a high level. I do recommend this album to any fan of his work in Veto and as a vocalist in Kölsch and Audion. The album shows a different style, one that I like a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if Exec shows up on some of Europe's jazz-festival stages this summer, or in large theater venues.