||May 26 street date. At first, Gia Margaret called her new album "Romantic Piano" to be a bit cheeky. Its spare, gentle piano works share more spirit with Erik Satie, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou, and the "Marginalia" releases of Masakatsu Takagi than they do with, say, a cozy and candlelit date night. But in that cheekiness lies hidden intention: across the gorgeous set, "Romantic" is suggested in a more classic sense, what the Germans call waldeinsamkeit. Its compositions conjure the sublime themes of the Romantic poets: solitude in nature; nature’s ability to heal and to teach; a sense of contented melancholy. "Romantic Piano" is curious, calming, patient and incredibly moving - but it doesn't overstay its welcome for more than a second. Margaret's debut, "There's Always Glimmer", was a lyrical wonder, but when an illness on tour left her unable to sing, she made her ambient album "Mia Gargaret" (another cheeky title) which revealed a keen intuition for arrangement and composition not the debut's lyrical songs. "Romantic Piano", too, is almost totally without words.
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