Ô Lake is the stage name for composer Sylvain Texier who has been channelling his neoclassical piano muses since 2017. I very much enjoyed his score for ‘Gerry‘ last year as he manages to give neoclassical music a direct melodic hook like a pop song and still keep it heartfelt and emotional. Keeping things felt is name of the game for Ô Lake’s forthcoming album ‘Still’ which is due for release in March 2023. The felt piano will be a mainstay but only part of the album’s make-up. Joining Ô Lake will be a 40-musician string orchestra and electronic beats as this new album aims to expand the traditional ideas associated with felt piano music.
That said, Ô Lake called the album ‘Still’ for a reason. I think it’s because whenever you listen to most of his music, there’s a timeless quality to it as if you are having a moment all to yourself. That’s often what I associate with the felt piano anyway – an innate intimacy and calm. This is certainly what I get from ‘Innocence’, the lead single from the album. Whilst the album will contain orchestration and electronic elements, ‘Innocence’ is a stripped back felt piano piece that just works. Effortless and affecting, its a beauty.
Enjoy ‘Innocence’ below, the single is out now. For more information on ‘Still’ and all things Ô Lake visit his website for the latest release and tour details.
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