Chilly Gon­za­les

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Andy Cowan

★★★★ Solo Pi­ano III GEN­TLE THREAT. CD/DL/LP Line-blur­ring Cana­dian cult star com­pletes tril­ogy of bare-bones pi­ano so­los.

Prankster rap­per, se­rial col­lab­o­ra­tor, self-de­clared ge­nius and pi­ano vir­tu­oso, the satin robed, slip­per-sport­ing Chilly Gon­za­les cuts a sin­gu­lar fig­ure, work­ing his magic for Feist, Drake and Jarvis Cocker. The lim­ber ivory tick­ling that bagged him a Grammy for a 44-sec­ond bridge on Daft Punk’s Ran­dom Ac­cess Mem­o­ries con­tin­ues here amid the or­nate har­mon­ics of Pre­tender­ness, wid­dling white-key im­pres­sion­ism of Fa­mous Hun­gar­i­ans, fluid ex­hi­bi­tion­ism of Chico or sus­tained tom­fool­ery of Bl­iz­zard In B Flat Mi­nor (all beg­ging for black-and-white cel­lu­loid com­pan­ions). While the play­ful spirit and pre­cise pro­gres­sions of his pre­vi­ous al­bums linger, it’s demon­stra­bly darker en­tries – the Satielike, min­i­mal­ist Nim­bus, flick­er­ing Bernard Her­rmann-style sus­pense of Pre­sent Tense or Oc­to­ber 3rd’s jazzy au­tum­nal de­scend­ing chords – that cap­ture Gon­za­les’s dis­arm­ing crafts­man­ship best.

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