Music Reviews

Artist: Monochromie (@)
Title: Colors in the Dark
Format: CD
Label: Time Released Sound (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Monochromie, which is the work of French artist Wilson Trouvé. I am often not one for piano albums, but this is absolutely beautiful. Monochromie provides lovely, delicate piano compositions that seem to be woven from of a mixture of sadness and hope. But these are not straight piano compositions. There is also the effective use of field recordings, as with the sounds of children in 'Childhood,' the hum of a film projector in 'Old Times,' and crackles of noise in 'Katedra' and 'Thorns of Roses,' as well as lush synthesized strings and heavy reverb that keep the piano from sounding too sterile. The best descriptor I have for this album is 'sentimental,' but not in a maudlin way; rather, this is music that reminds you that the soundtrack to everyone's life is limited and goes through peaks and valleys and changes along the way. If you liked Nature and Organisation's 'Death in a Snow Leopard Winter,' but found it too straightforward, this is what you are looking for. Very well done. This album weighs in at around 54 minutes.

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