Known for pioneering a playing style he has coined "continuous music" -- in which he plays notes on the piano faster than a grindcore drummer gets through blastbeats, with as much seamlessness as wind on an autumn day -- Lubomyr Melnyk's name has become synonymous with the outer edges of avant-garde music. His new EP, Evertina, is a different bag entirely, though -- it shows what happens when he slows down and turns his mind to gentler pursuits. We've all got to take a day off at some point. I hope his fingers are okay.
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Phil’s mother-in-law's favourite musician is Richard Clayderman. Well Phil, I think I’ve solved all your Christmas present woes. Lubomyr Melnyk is most well known for a “continuous music” technique which basically is him playing the piano really fast. His Peter Broderick produced album “Collaries” was a great modern day neo-classical record with nods towards Arvo Part and Philip Glass. Here he slows down to play a much more traditional style of composition. When I say traditional, I mean that it veers very close to schmaltz.
The opening title track would fit perfectly on the weepy bit of some slushy Christmas movie. Not good. ‘Awaiting’ is better as it dials back the saccharine a bit. ‘Butterfly’, like everything else here, is technically accomplished but for this listener too close to the sound of the candelabra-wielding Clayderman. Perfect for old ladies and tear jerking film soundtracks alike.
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