More ambient minimalism for you now. You know, no piano album is going to trump Goldmund’s ‘Famous Places’ for me this year. Of that I am completely sure. However, I keep stumbling across some wonderful piano records from 2010 and this is yet another lovely record.
M.Ostermeier has created a very peaceful piece of music in ‘Chance Reconstruction.’ Melancholic in tone, piano pieces drift in and out, complimented by field recordings and abstract electronics. I wouldn’t say there is a total Godlmund-esque quality to the work, but there are certainly nods in that direction throughout. This for me is a bit more sparse. A little more disconnected than the work of Keith Kennif. Always with his music I feel I am listening to piano compositions complimented by field records, strings and electronics. With this record I feel like the piano is more fragmented at times. That the electronics take centre stage now and again and the piano drifts in to accompany. I like that about this record. It’s definitely a piano album first and foremost. However, the arrangements are interesting in themselves and I love the way the piano flits from being the focus to the accompaniment. It makes for a lovely, engaging record. I absolutely love this quote I found about the record:
“The hesitant piano melodies take on an almost conversational form, but from someone repeating and rephrasing his thoughts as he talks to himself, imagining different outcomes of some unfortunate event.”
I don’t think I could have said it better if I tried, so I won’t! What a wonderful description.
You can and should check out the work of M.Ostermeier here. Enjoy.