InFiné as a label has always had an extra sharp eye on electronic piano music. As a genre, it leaves a free-range to explorations and experimentations that represent our society in different perspectives. What makes experimentations hard is the ability to set the creative path free from the bargain to undertake some specific approaches or to tick some conventional boxes. But the new upcoming InFiné electronic piano talent, Mischa Blanos, evades any strict definitions, blending in his unique way different music genres, determining his approach to experimentation with its own rules and notes.
"Indoors", despite the title, is an album to listen outdoors because it embraces all our visceral feelings that life pushes us towards to. In every track, different layers of melodies embark us on journeys that define the rhythm of a day of each one of us. From sunrise to sunset, every second, every moment, every fraction in Mischa Blanos' music finds an answer or a beat that can describe it. Exploring our scattered and frenetic era is a tough task, but yet, even though his young age, Mischa finds himself comfortable in directing us in this hectic composition that is life. "Chatting In 21st Century", based on Bach, questions our ability to connect without words but with images and icons. "Am Wired" tries to pierce the bubble of glass behind our phones and their cameras, in which we hide in a vertiginous abyss. "Habits" is a melancholic ballad of all the regrets and the "what if" that we left behind us.
But as in 24 hours, there is light and there is darkness, "Indoors", in the same way, also reminds us of our humanity and its tender beautiful fragility as in the after-love of "Two Sugar Cubes" or in the melodic piano "Forebondings", both tracks that leave us with a sense of peaceful restored faith and desire to experience life. A desire that drags us until the last bits of a sunrise either in solitude as in "Pillow Talk" or in a party on Hamburg rooftops’ as in "Hammock On The Roof".
released September 20, 2019
All tracks written, performed and produced by Mischa Blanos.
Tracks 2 & 6 - Recorded by Cezar Lazar @ Understand Studios in Bucharest
Track 5 - Recorded by Simon Berckelman @ Golden Retriever Studio in Berlin
Tracks 1, 3, 4, & 7 - Recorded by Francois Baurin @ Hinterlanldlab Studios in Paris
Premix sound engineer - Stefan dragusin @ wearecitysounds
Mixed by François Baurin @ Hinterlanldlab Studios
Mastering by Alexis Bardinet @ Globe Audio Mastering
Slow Meadow's S/T LP debut is a deftly layered recording. It presents a melancholic yet serene tonality. The tracks and their languid flow are wrapped in classical ambient colors. Of note is the gorgeous cello of Aimee Norris and the violin accompaniment of Andy Shelton, Joshua Ello, and Alia Gonzales. Nice introduction. Brilliant debut. Gary Figueroa