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Gia Margaret

Romantic Piano [Seaglass Wave Translucent Vinyl]

Romantic Piano [Seaglass Wave Translucent Vinyl]

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At first, Gia Margaret called her new album ‘Romantic Piano’ to be a bit cheeky. Its spare, gentle piano works share more spirit with Erik Satie, Emahoy Tsegué Maryam Guébrou and the ‘Marginalia’ releases of Masakatsu Takagi than they do with, say, a cozy and candlelit date night. But in that cheekiness lies hidden intention: across the gorgeous set, “Romantic” is suggested in a more classic sense, what the Germans call waldeinsamkeit. Its compositions conjure the sublime themes of the Romantic poets: solitude in nature; nature’s ability to heal and to teach; a sense of contented melancholy. “I wanted to make music that was useful,” says Margaret, vastly understating the power of the record.

‘Romantic Piano’ is curious, calming, patient and incredibly moving — but it doesn’t overstay its welcome for more than a second. Margaret’s debut, ‘There’s Always Glimmer,’ was a lyrical wonder, but when an illness on tour left her unable to sing, she made her ambient album ‘Mia Gargaret’ (another cheeky title!) which revealed a keen intuition for arrangement and composition not fully shown on ‘There’s Always Glimmer’s lyrical songs. ‘Romantic Piano’, too, is almost totally without words. “Writing instrumental music, in general, is a much more joyful process than I find in lyrical songwriting,” she says. “The process ultimately effects my songwriting.” And while Margaret has more songwriterly material on the way, ‘Romantic Piano’ solidifies her as a compositional force.


SIDE A:
1) Hinoki Wood
2) Ways of Seeing
3) Cicadas
4) Juno
5) A Stretch
6) City Song
SIDE B:
7) Sitting at the Piano (0:30)
8) Guitar Piece
9) La langue de l’amitié (feat. David Bazan)
10) 2017
11) April to April
12) Cinnamon
13) A Hidden Track (Physical Only)

 

Release Date: May 26, 2023

UPC: 656605244839

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