8/10 Jamie Staff review, 06 February 2018
What do we have here? Well, it appears to be an album chock-full of wondrous melodies performed on (mainly) piano with some soft and fluffy electronics for those keys to gently bed down into. 23-year-old German composer-keyboardist Niklas Paschburg was inspired by the nature he observed unfolding around him for this record; he says (softly): “I live in the countryside, but to compose this record I went to the Baltic Sea”. It’s all right for some, eh?
The album is appropriately nice -- piano and soft rhythms evoking nature programmes like you often see on the telly, seascapes opening up; a crab scuttling out from beneath a pile of smooth pebbles -- and is mainly of the piano/electronics end of the spectrum occupied by the likes of Hauschka at his most minimal, Kiasmos and Nils Frahm (of yore) at their most lineally melodic.
Now just close your eyes and imagine, if you can, waves breaking on the shore, the foam on the sand subsiding before it happens again and again; the plaintive cry of a seagull.. 'Oceanic' will have you swearing you can smell kelp. Which you may well have if you live within spitting distance of a beach or if you work in a health food shop.
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