Duval Timothy – Older Than We Used To Be

Multidisciplinary artist Duval Timothy has re-released (and made available on streaming) a reconfigured version of his 2016 album ‘Brown Loop’. Recorded in his NYC apartment for solo piano its an atmospheric album full of space and the warm sounds of the instrument.

Full of minimalist repeating lines and lush harmonies the whole LP is an exercise in slowly turning repeating patterns and expansive themes inside out and reassembling them.

Check out ‘Older Than We Used To Be’ for a repeating bass line that unfurls into a beautifully disjointed waltz. Perfect for a rainy afternoon

Jean Michel-Blais // il

Posting up a favourite from this beautiful solo piano record by Jean Michel-Blais. ‘il’ is the title track from that new record. Its a beautifully pensive track which takes a lot of influence from Romantic (with a capital R) etudes but at the same time keeping a looseness of time and touch that would expect from jazz. Perhaps a solo Keith Jarrett work or one of his more folk inspired improvisations with Jan Garbarek. I also really like that you can hear this album was recorded on an upright piano. The reverberations, creaking and overtones are what make it such an intimate album.

A beautiful track for a rainy day. If you fancy some more of the same then i’ve got you covered with this playlist

Samm Henshaw // Higher Love

Coming off the back of an absolutely superb EP in 2015, Samm Henshaw has kicked off the year with a new track. Its all about his voice. Stripped back and surrounded by solid piano and a lush string arrangement. Beautiful way to start the year. Higher love indeed.

Make sure to follow it up with this stunning acoustic version of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’. Liquid emotion.

Ollie