There is so much solo piano music out there these days, so much so that it’s often hard to distinguish between artists, their music, or what they are trying to achieve. What you end up with quite often is just a continuous series of musical wallpapers that don’t change much in tone, color, or any other elements. Part of the reason why it is currently so popular though is the fact that when people are doing so much work, mostly from home, it turns out to be a perfect foil for your work.
But, then, when artists are concerned, how do you stand out, or how do you come up with something that stands out and is something that listeners will come back to? To do that, great technique and musical knowledge will not be the sole things that can cut it.
You can approach that possibility in one of the two manners. Think out the pieces in great detail, and meticulously put musical pieces together. Or, let your imagination and improvisational flow work instinctively. Of course this second approach, usually requires much more knowledge, technique, and above all imagination.
That second approach is what Didacte, a French artist living in Stockholm, Sweden takes on his most recent EP, Revenir. Quite risky, but within the five compositions, or should we say improvisations here, Didacte was able to draw upon both his knowledge and imagination. He actually gives the tracks here space to breathe while at the same time not completely abandoning structure and form.
Actually, as if he simply gave his music a chance to structure itself, without him intervening afterward as little as possible. And the concept worked completely in his favor. It is music that can certainly serve as a background, but a background that makes sense and has a purpose, that is something that you can actually enjoy listening to. Can we ask for a bit more, please?
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