Nick Superchi is a self-taught pianist who has been involved with the underground music scene for over two decades. Located in Washington State, he has played piano in metal bands for his entire career and only now decided to dedicate himself to solo work. I am thankful that he did, as his sophomore album entitled Otherworldly is an exceptional album.
From the opening notes of the track “Otherworldly” on this album, I knew my heart was set to drop to the pit of my stomach throughout this entire release. I mean that in the kindest way possible. This track was stunning to me. An arpeggio begins at a slow and reserved pace, before building into a haunting crescendo of darkness, pain and suffering. All of this is communicated without Superchi uttering a single word.
This beauty is something which lurks at every corner and turn of the eight-track album. It is something which has to be heard, felt and experienced in order to truly understand or appreciate. “Bleed The True Colors” is the perfect representation of this. Bursts of ascending and descending piano overwhelm and invigorate the mind. These melodies are the sort of thing most artists spend an entire career attempting to create, but never come close. Yet, here Superchi is - seemingly spouting majesty and beauty as if it was effortless.
“Snowfire” is a disturbingly haunting, but an enjoyable piece. Superchi channels the darkness and intensity he likely displayed throughout his career performing with metal bands, and for those who appreciate dark music as I do, this is a three-minute piece of ear candy for you. Moments of melancholy and emotion crash through the darkness at particular intervals, tearing at your heart strings one moment and filling them with anxiety the next.
This album was a work of art that is relatively rare in contemporary music. I stared into the beautiful cosmos painted on the cover of Otherworldly’ while I listened to the piano which swept to and fro. I felt exactly what I saw in that painting - vast emptiness with a dash of color and swirling bursts of light. I could talk about this album all day, but I think you’d much rather listen to Superchi’s work for yourself.
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