A gentle, thoughtful and whimsical journey this is.
It’s elegance, inspiring deserved critical acclaim, yet melodic and interesting enough to appeal to a less classically inclined audience. The uniqueness of this, clearly being a significant reason so many a youthful spirit have never explored the genre previously. Well, Solo Piano 2 may in fact be one record that manages to transverse those musical boundaries.
Chilly Gonzales, otherwise known simply as Gonzales, is an exceptionally talented musician, one who has carved a career out of fusing unlikely musical genres. He appeals to a cross-over audience with his adventurous personality and indie/hip hop musings. He’s most notably collaborated with Feist as producer and fellow musician, as well as Peaches and French icon Jane Birkin. A modern day Serge Gainsbourg if you will.
Solo Piano 2 was recorded over 10 days in Paris’ Studio Pigalle. Fitting really, as one easily envisions a more nostalgic time when listening to his songs. A time in Europe where bars were spilling with absinthe-infected patrons of the arts, a time cheerfully explored in Woody Allen’s recent film Midnight in Paris, where we stumble upon a drunken Ernest Hemingway rowing with Zelda Fitzgerald, where one can easily imagine Gonzales playing in the background.
The beauty within these tracks lies in their sheer eloquence; there are no unnecessary adornments. At times, such as in stand out track, Rideaux Lunaires, you’re reminded of Gonzales’ more eccentric journey as a musician. Pop embellishments and interesting punctuations keep you intrigued. Then there are the more romantic pieces, like the beautiful ballad, Escher, sad and nostalgic. A song you could easily fall in love to. In fact Solo Piano 2 is an entire album you could fall in love to. It’s full of heart and longing, reminding you of just how powerful the simplest music can be.