Nathan Shubert is a pianist, composer and keyboard player from Canada. According to his biography, he draws influences from Nils Frahm, Steve Reich, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Philip Glass and Erik Satie. So it will not be very surprising that we're dealing with a piano driven piece of music. The tracks on this album are quite minimal instrumentals, warm, gentle and somewhat romantic at times.
I mentioned a bunch of artists to compare this album with, but the most striking comparison actually comes from right inside this very house. I have a few musical neighbours, one playing trumpet and two pianists. On a regular basis, the sounds come through the walls and silently fill the room. They're not perfect, there is a tiny error to be found here and there, but they're human, warm and comforting. For me, they are some of the most beautiful sounds on this planet.
And that's exactly what this album does. Tracks like 'Chairs', 'Fencing' and 'Encampment' are so nice to listen to, even though they don't reach a technical precision. Most of the tunes are friendly explorations of the piano. They show a seemingly introvert musician in a respectful conversation with his instrument. Sometimes they're uptempo and uplifting, sometimes slow and narrative, but they are always immersive.
My favorites are the two (way too short) 'Aurora' pieces, which somehow serve as ambient interludes between the piano pieces. Closer 'Gaze' is another favorite by the way. However, I would indeed recommend this album to all fans of classical music and ambient. It's a warmly recommended addition to your collection. I'm going to add it to my day-to-day playlist and I suggest you do the very same thing.