Anna Rose Carter & Pleq – My Piano is Broken 7.1
“My Piano is Broken” is a short, sweet EP. I’ve heard some of Pleq’s collaborations before but this happens to bring forth more of his classical experiments. What this little EP does is offer the listener a surprising contemplative environment. Usually this kind of music is found more in full-length LP form rather than an EP. I’m thankful that they manage to successfully create a mood in these short five tracks (only one goes above the five minute mark).
The Piano provides the main attraction. Pieces of sonic debris are snatched up into each piece. Yet while this debris is interesting, it provides only a background for each song. “Rain Again” sets the mood for what’s about to follow. It spends the beginning with various pieces of quiet static and noise. It sounds nearly like rain, like the piano is residing outside and you’re fortunate enough to be there.
“Sesom” is the middle-point for this EP. It also sounds further away. On “One Each” they even include a welcome change: a guitar. Like most of the EP, it’s quiet. The two co-mingle together and the effects are placed further back. For the closer “My Piano is Broken” we hear the pianist from very far away. Sound appears to drift away from us. Eventually the static and environmental noise overwhelms it.
I’m pretty happy with this offering. There’s something to be said for not overstaying your welcome. With “My Piano is Broken” it lasts precisely the right amount of time for maximum effect.