Lightly (01:39) 4. …, Maybe Leaving will unearth something great in the near future, but this isn’t it. The chords often resolve curiously, as at the beginning of the eight-minute “Pentatonic Smile,” but it’s hard to say if that’s intentional or the result of errors or lack of inspiration. Daniel Bromfield is a writer, musician, queer, poptimist and Prince obsessive currently residing in Portland, OR. The two albums sound very good together. Parker delivers a deeply contemplative record that soothes the soul through visceral ambience, meditative runs and funked-out rhythms with a digital twist. Laraaji: Om Namah Shivaya/Be Still And Glow. Why the two were released three months apart rather then together, as with Bring on the Sun and its companion Sun Gong, is unclear and may have to do more with logistics than art. Feeling Lovely 9. Mike Slott has composed a lush and melodic alternative soundtrack to Andrei Zvyagintsev's film "The Return.". In July Laraaji returned to the piano, his first instrument, for an improvised album called Sun Piano. As close to DSOTM as a harp can get--passages of tickling underwater strings abound, interlaced with subtle bass to craft ethereal images--Mary Lattimore effortlessly etches her lithe plucking into color-coded memory. Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2014!! More of his work can be found at danielbromfield.com. Shadow of the Vampire Turns 20, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Death House, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Santa Jaws, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Stalked By My Doctor: The Return, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Deadcon, The Ministry for the Future: by Kim Stanley Robinson, The Irish Buddhist: by Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, Brian Bocking. Please whitelist our site in order to continue to access The Quietus. Tracklist 1. Laraaji describes the new album's tracks as "contemplative sound painting, embracing quiet tranquil unfolding of nurturing reflection.". He has since released albums for a variety of labels, often recording himself at home and selling the results as cassettes during his street performances. He began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Titled Moon Piano, it's a companion to his last album, Sun Piano, which was released last month. Trance Gaze (part 1) (01:29) 10. Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2013!! Prana Light 2. A fluid progression from 'The New Breed'; Suite for Max Brown is a well-assembled body of sonic bliss. In July Laraaji returned to the piano, his first instrument, for an improvised album called Sun Piano.It was fleeter than most of his work, which usually goes nowhere slowly, and at only 41 minutes it was the same length as a lot of his best compositions. It’s as if he’s gone through his compositions and snipped parts of them out with scissors. Laraaji Moon Piano. Bathed In A Glow (03:51) 7. Laraaji has shared details of his second album of 2020. Deep, interesting, strong and emotional. Mike Slott has composed a lush and melodic alternative soundtrack to Andrei Zvyagintsev's film "The Return." Quiet Journey (03:22) 5. “Prana Light” eschews the left hand entirely. Pentatonic Smile (07:32) 8. To find out more, click here. …, This is an album that carries itself like a Flaming Lips promotional skull gummy. Let’s get it out of the way: Moon Piano is not the sad and contemplative cousin of Sun Piano. The chords are resonant but sometimes spaced oddly, and the rhythms produce a similar effect to what you hear when you slow a song down that’s normally supposed to be fast. As pretty much anything sounds somber and ruminative in comparison to Sun Piano, the shading of the second album is more obvious in contrast, and jubilation gives way to something more restrained but equally positive, something more like contentment. A second album called Moon Piano sounded promising. To find out more, click here. Stillness (04:16) 3. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. But just as the sun sets and the moon rises, your best bet is to listen to one after the other. Read the choicest cuts from the Quietus archive: reviews, features and opinion, Now-ism: New Age Spirit Guide Laraaji Interviewed, St John Sessions' Final Line-Up Announced, Gazelle Twin Details New LP With Electronic Drone Choir NYX, Arab Strap To Release New Album, 'As Days Get Dark', Lorenzo Senni Releases New Single, 'Vandalize Music', Bristol Venue Strange Brew Launches Fundraiser. If you love what we do, you can help tQ to continue bringing you the best in cultural criticism and new music by joining one of our subscription tiers. Moon Piano by Laraaji, released 09 October 2020 1. Just a great work. As far as personality tests go, Laraaji ’s piano music isn’t quite as exacting as the Enneagram. Both piano-based albums and the first two parts of a trilogy of records, they were recorded during the same session in a Brooklyn Church. Because of this, and because it’s slightly shorter (only 38 minutes), it feels more lightweight than its predecessor. Stillness 3. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. It’s like a smile with missing teeth. It was fleeter than most of his work, which usually goes nowhere slowly, and at only 41 minutes it was the same length as a lot of his best compositions. Pentatonic Smile 8. Liz Harris will always have something strong, special and surprising in the best artistic way. Listen twice. A companion volume to the Sun Piano album, this LP was recorded at the same session in a Brooklyn Church. Your email address will not be published. Support tQ's work by becoming a subscriber and enjoy the benefits of bonus essays, podcasts and exclusively-commissioned new music. Where Sun Piano focused more on the uplifting side of Laraaji's keyboard improvisations, Moon Piano looks to the more introspective and minimal pieces that were captured during the session. Through This Moment 6. Lightly 4. Bathed In A Glow 7. It’s duskier, but only slightly, and it’s still meant to put a smile on your face as much as to evoke the power and mystery of the moon. Rob Wilson: alas, her 80s work have yet to be reissued.... Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche: I Can Still Hear You, Between the Buried and Me: The Silent Circus, Bargain Bin Babylon: Earth, Wind & Fire: All ‘n All, Bargain Bin Babylon: Henry “Buzz” Glass: Square Dance Variations Volume I, Bargain Bin Babylon: Robert Cray: Strong Persuader, Bargain Bin Babylon: Lemon Jelly: Lost Horizons, Discography: David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise, Holy Hell! Something irreparable has been to…, On his first solo piano album, Laraaji traipses over peaks and valleys in the same time it…, Delight in the way Laraaji fits his voice around the words. Nevertheless, you may learn something about yourself by answering this simple question: Do you find yourself resonating more with the bright, disinfectant vibes of Sun Piano?Or do you gravitate more toward the doleful, ruminative sounds of Moon Piano? Whereas the former record lent itself to the more uplifting side of Laraaji’s keyboard improvisations, Moon Piano explores the more introspective and minimal pieces captured by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Mary Lattimore) and edited by Christian Havins (Dallas Acid).