According to Polish pianist and composer Hania Rani, her new album Home is the second half of the story she began on her album, Esja. This album sees her expanding her use of instruments and sound from the piano-focused Esja. She adds electronics, vocals, bass and drums and reaches for a more widescreen sound. It was mastered by Zino Mikorey, who has, in the past, worked with Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm.
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Hania Rani states her second record is the second part of a book she started on her debut ‘Esja’, but ‘Home’ feels like a new series entirely. Whilst her first album was a collection of solo piano pieces, ‘Home’ is much richer in its instrumentation and production. Implementing a more widescreen approach to her overall sound, there are occasional vocals, subtle electronic hums, light percussion and pulsing basslines.
The Polish composer has her feet firmly in the modern classical genre though there’s all sorts of genres and influences at play here. Minimalism and impressionism were the touchstones on her debut, but this takes a diversion into sounds as far afield as ECM, chamber pop, jazz fusion and piano rock. ‘Summer’ begins with bird song, light piano touches and background synth riffs which swell to match the volume of her instrument, ‘Rurka’ nods to the soundtrack work of Thomas Newman and Yann Tiersen with its defined melody played over a trill, and ‘I'll Never Find Your Soul’ nears the vaudeville-verge and swung rhythms of Fiona Apple. The most impressive song on ‘Home’ is its longest number ‘Tennen’. It’s suggestive of a journey, as haunting bowed strings slowly give way to locomotive pulses like a more classically inclined Tortoise.
‘Home’ is an album treated with touches here and there, sometimes they’re subtle and steady, sometimes the sounds are more obvious and brash. Rani’s moving compositions and incredible piano work makes her one to keep an ear out for on a high-profile soundtrack sometime soon.
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