Cloud Suites by Nico Georis

Release date: June 9, 2023
Label: Leaving Records

Repetition, monotony, boring. These are just a few of the terms that are often used to describe solo keyboard (piano in all its forms, synths), often improvisational albums. And yes, there are quite a few of those out there.

Yet, there are those, that use keyboard improvisation as a basis for repetitive forms that actually do create meaningful music. And when you add some uplifting elements to such music you definitely get something that can make the listener truly enjoy such music.

Here we have a case of the latter. Californian classically-trained artist Nico Georis has created such an album with his aptly-titled Cloud Suites.

 

Georis uses an improvisational theme for the 11 ambient explorations here, combining keyboard instrumentation (and some subtle vocals here and there), but then he seems to arrange those in an order that creates both a sense of movement and melody. And yes, this music does create a sense of cloud movements, the ones you watch from your window, or a plane in flight.

That classical music background Georis has surely created an ability to make musical sense out of improvisational themes, and Georis utilises it to the best effect on Cloud Suites. Definitely welcome stuff here.

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