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Aleks Izotov's new EP is lush, intimate
(Published: April 24, 2021)

Aleks Izotov is an artist and composer with a focus on creating lush and beautiful piano compositions. His most recent release is titled Solo Piano. As the title of this new studio work might suggest, this EP actually focuses on intimate, minimalistic songs that are based on Aleks's piano playing.

There is something truly magical about solo piano works, and this one is no exception. The songs on this release are incredibly mellow and articulate, and at the same time, they bring so much depth and focus on the mix, going for a rich, dynamic and stylistically accomplished sound.

Based out of Washington D.C., Aleks came up with these four songs as a way to stay creative and busy during the year 2020. As we all know, this was a rather stressful and difficult period for so many people across the world. Many artists have been unable to keep playing and stay creative, but thankfully, Aleks was able to come up with these 4 amazing songs, which he came up with as a way to experiment with recording.

Instead on relying on digital emulations or big studio pianos in massive rooms, he actually used a humble upright piano, located in his small bedroom studio. What's striking about these recordings is that he managed to turn limitations into perks. The small piano and the bedroom environment actually make for a more spontaneous sound, which gives the songs a more intimate touch. The opening number is a song titled "Celia." Clocking it at slightly over 3 and a half minutes, the track highlights Aleks's jazz influences in a beautiful way.

"Pensativa" has a moodier, introspective arrangement that fits perfectly within the contest of this release. The same could be said for "Ask Me Now," which feels like one of the most introspective and personal songs on this release, not to mention being the longest piece, clocking in at nearly 5 minutes in length!

Last, but definitely not least, the EP comes to a close with a track titled "Peri's Scope." The clever pun in the title comes along with a diverse arrangement that showcases more of Aleks Izotov's jazz roots and sensibilities, while still retaining a fresh and minimalistic tone.

I would highly recommend listening to this release if you are a fan of artists as diverse as Chick Corea, Nils Frahm, Ludovico Einaudi, or Giovanni Allevi, only to mention but a few.

More Information: http://aleksizotov.bandcamp.com/album/solo-piano

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