Thomas Bartlett, pianist from the Gloaming has released an album of 8 lengthy but lovely piano pieces. The opener Lucida is contemplative and classic-sounding, there’s an old-fashioned, almost 1940s feel to it. Rubrifolia is exceptionally soothing, while Xanthina is sparse with something of a jazz theme. Later we get the wintry beauty of Multiflora and the elongated, barroom blues of Phoenicia. You get the picture? Exquisitely chilled-out piano music.
A whole album of piano pieces can seem daunting to the uninitiated but it would be a shame not to investigate this. Best consumed as a whole, the album will provide a long, languid slice of escapism.