Gabríel Ólafs – Piano Works – One Little Independent Records

A signature of life is written by each strike of Gabríel Ólafs keys as you engage heart and soul with what is being played. It is a simple enough formula, one man and a piano but it is also beautifully potent to the nth degree. You get the feeling that this is every movie, every painting, every force of nature you have witnessed all rolled into one, or thereabouts. There is of course a haunting quality to the lone accompaniment as notes and atmospheres resolve into the air, but not before leaving their indelible impression. In complex days like these this simplicity is compelling, necessary even. The music does expand slightly with Loa and engineer Bergur Thorisson has done a sterling job of enhancement. You may also get the sense that this is all sounds familiar, like a lifetime of experience and yet you can’t quite pit your finger on exactly why….

Release: June 26