Piano Nights

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  • Summary: This is the seventh full-length release for the German ambient jazz band led by Christoph Clöser and Morten Gass.
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  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Lounge, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Hard Rock, Instrumental Rock, Easy Listening, Slowcore, Exotica
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  1. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    The band’s persistence is what makes this music “challenging,” as opposed to the compositional structures that shape them, but on Piano Nights, those idiosyncrasies are pressed through a grotto of layered instrumentation that reveals an essential addition to the Bohren canon.
  2. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    A late-night drift into the abyss. [May 2014, p.96]
  3. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2014
    80
    Their methodically slothful hybrid of Angelo Badalamenti, Bill Evans and Sunn O))) is much prettier and more restful than one might imagine, [Apr 2014, p.69]
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    80
    The menace and late-night melancholy is subbed for outright tragedy and romance here, and this is certainly their best realised set released in the decade since Black Earth's high watermark, bringing together all that makes this music both beautiful and ugly, while tentatively exploring new sonic territory.
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    73
    Yes, this music gets dull--it’s supposed to. I can’t imagine listening to it all the time for the same reasons I can’t imagine trying to cook an entire meal using only a garlic press. But in their limited pursuits Bohren captures a mood other music either struggles to or just doesn’t bother with: Not sadness (too acute), not angst, but a sumptuous, all-purpose melancholy.
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    The nine tunes on Piano Nights walk a line between the haunted beauty of Dolores and the more austere, glacial darkness of earlier recordings.
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  1. Apr 23, 2014
    6
    Dark, spacious, moody and semi ambient jazz music here. Has some real appeal and style. Great uses of saxophone, piano, drums and vibrophone.Dark, spacious, moody and semi ambient jazz music here. Has some real appeal and style. Great uses of saxophone, piano, drums and vibrophone. The slow pacing and moods or textures are great. But it really is a bit of let down. Really only the vibe and tone gets me here. Not bland, but not very interesting, but decent overall. Expand