Danielpix was born in 1981 in Italy and started studying piano at the age of nine. It was only two years later at age eleven that he preferred playing piano by ear rather than with a teacher. On his release Symphony he showcases some of the skills he picked up over the years as a musician.
Symphony is an album that is thematic and draws on a variety of moods. The piano is usually supported by orchestral pads of some sort but my attention was also drawn to the keys. I have to admit there is a new age type of vibe to a number of the songs. It reminded me of something I would hear while getting a back massage at times but also something I could imagine being used in an emotional moment in a film.
The songs’ time frame fit more into pop music than most classical songs. I would say the songs average out to about three-to-four minutes each. Up first is “Every Drop of You” which clearly displays Danielpix’ skills on piano. The song is sharp, refined and even regal.
“She's the Symphony” is more melancholy and could cause one to be deep in thought while “Fade in Silence” has a majestic quality to it. “In Passing” is one of the few songs that contains drums and more instrumentation including subdued hushed vocals that made it feel like the centerpiece. There were a number of standouts including “Falling” which I thought has some of the most beautiful moments on the album. The closer “Rêver” is another one you don't want to miss.
This album is cohesive to the point that the songs could be one piece. There is an undeniable style to the way Danielpix plays which connects all the songs. The album doesn't explore much distance which I would have liked to hear more of. There was harmonious repetitive, hypnotic quality to the music which I did like but I would have liked to hear a little more experimentation at times.
Overall, this is pretty straightforward album that was easy to appreciate in a number of ways. Recommended.
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