We interrupt your regularly scheduled indie tunes to bring you something a little different that might be a nice escape from the post-Thanksgiving onslaught of tacky holiday cheer.
While people across the country were chowing down on turkey feasts, Rotterdam-based composer and producer Sjaak Douma, better known as Analogue Dear, was busy releasing a seven minute piano single. Well, I guess It’s technically a five-part “EP” with distinct ideas that can work separately or together as a cohesive seven-minute opus.
If you’ve ever listened to Analogue Dear (and if you haven’t, I HIGHLY recommend!), you’ll know he’s no stranger to piano, with most of his releases building on dreamy piano based melodies. But this is different from the atmospheric landscapes we’re used to hearing, and plays more like an early demo, or a musical journal entry.
Each idea is a gentle vignette that clocks in at around a minute or two. Little emotions, or “small gestures” if you will, to remind you how simple things really can be. Maybe that’s because I’m a sentimental sap and I’m feeling ~reflective~ because it’s almost the end of the year, but it’s really wild how someone could say so much without saying anything at all, you know? I know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t deny that in an age where people can make music without really knowing what they’re doing, it’s kind of refreshing that an artist like Analogue Dear actually does have all the piano chops underneath all the production.
“small gestures” is out now on bitbird and you can listen to it on Spotify or Soundcloud. It doesn’t snow where I live, but if it did, I’d be bundled up by the window watching the snow while listening to this for the rest of the year.