Boomkat Product Review:
Chicago-based singer songwriter Gia Margaret embraces Satie-style romanticism on 'Romantic Piano', airily singing over muted twinkles and breezy field recordings. RIYL Goldmund, Nils Frahm or Dustin O'Halloran.
Following her cheekily-titled, Brian Eno-inspired ambient album 'Mia Gargaret', Margaret strikes a cinematic tone on 'Romantic Piano', looking to film scores to fuel a suite of pretty, TV-ready vignettes that are heavy on the emotion and light on the darkness. But the album isn't using the word romantic to suggest intimacy, she's referencing the Romantic poets and their ability to use natural scenery in magical ways. So Margaret approaches her piano with this in mind, cautiously building light-hearted melodies around environmental recordings captured in Michigan, Washington and Illinois.
The majority of the songs are instrumental, and this suits the theme - tracks like 'Cicadas' and 'Juno' are particularly blissful - but when Margaret sings, it gives the music the special spice it's been missing. 'City Song' is quiet and restrained, and her voice rings out above the rumble of her feet on the pedals and hands on the keys; slight synthesizer warbles bring us into the modern world, and sparse, acoustic drums provide an all-important pulse. It's charming stuff.