Take an usually honoured pianist with an amazing potential to articulate by means of her instrument. Give her items sufficient gravitas to echo the mind-wracking second we’re residing by means of, but hold them buoyant sufficient to rapidly sprint any probability of defeatism or melancholy. Put this all collectively on a four-song EP that is available in simply shy of the 10-minute mark to maintain anybody from dwelling and you’ve got a superb antidote for these troubling occasions.
San Franciscan composer Kimberly Hou’s debut EP options 4 fast vignettes that take you on a quick but various journey from triumph by means of strife and popping out the opposite aspect with energy bolstered by love. The scant working time leaves one craving extra and calls for the EP be performed on repeat. This runs the other of the usual piano album who’s prolonged embellishments is usually a take a look at of persistence except you end up in some stage of a zoned-out stupor. Hou says all she must say in a fraction of the time.
Opus One’s opener ‘Field of Memories’ is pensive as one would anticipate. That reflective temper the place victories and defeats are intertwined right into a nebulous limbo state. This vibe carries by means of to the equally titled ‘Reflections’. Hou takes on a extra triumphant tone leaning into the proud accomplishments of the previous. A fanfare-like melody that sticks within the mind. ‘Dancing in Time’ takes the listener for an ethereal dance and ‘For My Love’ bookends the gathering with a stunning blooming finale.
Her debut album showcases her potential to craft sonic atmospheres that droop the thoughts. Hou’s compositions are refreshingly uncomplicated, no notes have been crammed in unnecessarily. This EP makes an awesome companion for these odd occasions.