Boomkat Product Review:
Polish pianist Hania Rani's soundtrack for "I Giacometti" is fleshed out on this gorgeous full-length that dissolves faint electronic elements into dampened piano motifs. One for fans of Goldmund or Nils Frahm.
When Rani was asked to write a score for director Susanna Fanzun's forthcoming documentary on artist Alberto Giacometti, she retreated to the Swiss mountains to work. Improvising melodies in the romantic solitude, Rani slowly constructed a suite of music that centered the piano, while allowing room for subtle electronics and additional cello from her friend Dobrawa Czocher. Completely coincidentally, the place where Rani worked for two months was only moments from where Giacometti was born, although he didn't live there any more. This lends the album a peculiar sense of magic, and Rani's compositions feel lashed to the subject matter, or at least the landscape that the art and artist developed from. In the cold and isolation she was able to connect holistically with the material and come up with material that's deeper than yr average solo piano album.
"On Giacometti" is familiar, sure, but Rani's soul and romanticism sets it apart from so many similar soundtracks. A track like 'Stampa' might be cinematic in all the expected ways, but Rani's treatment of the keys - significantly dampened with just the right amount of reverb - makes it sound dreamy and magical without a trace of corniness. 'Dreamy' meanwhile does exactly what it promises, reminding just as much of Tori Amos's bubbly, heartfelt pop as it does any laborious furniture music minimalism. Quite lovely.