Skip to main content
Englich - Your Choice Way Sinhala - Your Choice Way

John Carroll Kirby - My Garden Music Album Reviews

The Los Angeles pianist, a collaborator of Solange and Frank Ocean, sinks back into spare soul-jazz and meditative new age, occupying a middle ground between deep and easy listening.

Composition is a kind of cultivation: All the best stuff a product of daily toil. Beauty, for those who work at it, is as much a process as a physical product. It’s invisible and stashed deep below the surface, until it occasionally blooms for the benefit of us all. The producer, pianist, and composer John Carroll Kirby, a consummate cultivator and songwriter on recent records by Solange, Frank Ocean, and Harry Styles, has no difficulty coaxing beauty out from the depths of his own square of earth (or home studio). But on this new solo album of cloudless piano compositions for the Los Angeles label Stones Throw, Kirby unintentionally reveals a crucial trade secret of each job: Beauty itself is often no more important than the labor that brings it into the world.
My Garden catches Kirby in the middle of this work, mostly at the piano, and on an array of digital accompaniment: synthesized pads, flutes, and sparse programmed drums that never get in the way of the keyboards. As a pianist, Kirby falls somewhere on a scale between Sun Ra’s blissed-out tappings and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s architectural precision. Despite the clout of Kirby’s past collaborations, who have taken him to unexpected corners of the musical world (location: Kali Uchis), he hasn’t used his solo albums to burnish a reputation as creative polymath or production guru. He’s taken a much quieter path on the music that bears his name, stretching back to 2018’s Meditations in Music, an eight-part ambient suite composed of Minimoog leads and minimal DX7 voices, released on the new-age-inclined Leaving Records. Kirby recently released a collection of piano-only compositions titled Conflict, recorded sometime last year, with the intent to “induce inner calm” in listeners shaken by the global crises triggered by the ongoing pandemic.
The California-raised musician’s songs are so dogged in their pursuit of total aesthetic pleasure, they sound almost aloof in the context of a full album. Kirby’s production taste, melodic invention, and feel for surfacing grooves with the sparest of parts make him an unusually compelling musician. But the songs on My Garden seem unable to make a case for themselves, or for your attention, beyond this. The result is an album that wouldn’t sound out of place in the mood-based playlists of the Spotify universe, even if it would represent the very best of that world.

Take album opener “Blueberry Beads,” which sounds heavily inspired by Head Hunters-era Herbie Hancock. Its sound alone is striking enough for repeat listens—block chords chomp through a swinging drum pattern, each instrument glued together by the sinewy upright bass work of JP Maramba, making this the album’s only collaboration. The song is essentially a single vamp played with laidback force and swagger, and it’s one of the album’s high points. But its single-mindedness amounts to nothing much more than one very cool groove which runs until it doesn’t run anymore—perhaps the point at which Kirby lost interest. There are few dynamics shaping or redirecting the energy flow on My Garden’s nine songs, making for capricious endings. For “Beads,” which runs three and a half minutes, Kirby simply removes the song’s core elements one by one before his piano freestyles across the double bar lines.

There’s a diaristic air to My Garden. Kirby’s songs commence with little preamble, as if we’ve stumbled into a folder containing his works in progress. This isn’t to say the album is carelessly dashed off, but Kirby is content to move quickly and chase new leads when they appear. New ideas pop up in rapid succession, even though the tempos on My Garden never break out of a leisurely stroll. In “Night Croc” and “San Nicolas Island,” Kirby crafts melodies with a neat geometric precision, playful inventions that sometimes seem like they are leading Kirby by the hand, rather than the other way around. Still, his arrangements perpetually expose a deft studio touch. He expertly inserts divergent textures—shimmering Moog swells and paunchy synth-bass hits that break over a song’s surface—without interrupting these daydreams, casting each song in subtly different light.

But these subtleties box My Garden into a gray zone of sorts. This isn’t quite a background accompaniment; nor is it an immersive, deep-listening experience. It’s a collection of short stories, where a novel might make more sense for the approach. Kirby’s competent home production, and his economic arrangements, amount to a rich product that still manages to sound one-dimensional on repeat listenings, with little sonic depth. And his predilection for the occasional bright melody line works at cross purposes with his atmospheric tendencies. The album can never fully let itself recede into pure ambience.

Instead, like the “my” in the title, Kirby’s latest album does feel a tad possessive. Instead of inviting listeners into his music, he’s exposing us to it. You can hear how he works his way through a musical fantasy, but it’s difficult to access the feeling of it, perhaps with the exception of album closer “Wind.” The longest song, it opens with cascading lines that have been digitally edited and chopped in a way that recalls the sloshing runs of Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou. Kirby’s hands work expressively at the piano, teasing at a melancholy style that’s somewhere between rag and gospel, before the chords settle into the grip of a steady drum pattern. It’s the clearest moment of levity across the album—a lone pianist playing with the sounds in his head, not stopping to wonder if anything beautiful will come of it.
👉👇You May Also Like👇👌

View the original article here


Populat Posts Last 7 Days

Chris Brown/Young Thug - Slime&B Music Album Reviews

Rap’s trickster god and R&B’s least tolerable person collaborate on a mixtape with no discernible upside. 
Of the many strange pop-culture artifacts to emerge from quarantine, a collaboration between Young Thug and Chris Brown probably falls higher on the plausibility index than Beyoncé shouting out OnlyFans or the name X Æ A-12, but their new mixtape, Slime&B, still feels beyond explanation. It’s hard to imagine it existing in a world less dystopian than the one we’re in now. The title implies a meeting of the minds and a marrying of their styles, yet this is a clear mismatch. Brown, while still commercially viable, has been slumping creatively. Thug is at the height of his success and near the peak of his powers. To work with Brown, Thug must sacrifice a ton of what makes him special and engaging. Why go from So Much Fun to so little?

How to Setup an AddMeFast Bot With iMacros

Introduction AddMeFast is a website where you can collect points for various social media tasks. These mostly include following accounts, liking tweets or viewing YouTube videos. Register Now - addMeFast

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle is a delicious dessert featuring layers of angel food cake, fluffy sweetened cream cheese, and fresh strawberries in a sweet strawberry glaze. It’s easy to throw together and perfect for your next summer dinner party. Follow these keys to success for stellar results every time.

ෆජ් අයිසින් (Fudge Icing)

කෑම ලන්තයෙන් අද ඔබට ෆජ් අයිසින් තැවරූ චොකලට් කේක් එකක් සාදන ආකාරය පිළිබඳව දැනුවත් කිරිමටයි මේ සුදානම.
කේක් කිව්ව ගමන් මතකයට එන්නේ චොක්ලට් කේක්. වැඩි දෙනෙක්ගේ කැමැත්ත තියෙන්නේ චොක්ලට් කේක් කන්නයි. චොක්ලට් අයිසින් කේක් නම් තවත් හොදයි. චොක්ලට් අයිසින් කේක් හදද්දී තමයි මේ ෆජ් අයිසින් එක භාවිතයට ගන්නේ. චොක්ලට් අයිසින් එක ලස්සනට දිලිසේනවානම් ඒ තමයි ෆජ් අයිසින්. කේක් කියන්නේ හොද ස්වයං රැකියාවක්. කේක් වර්ග වගේම අයිසින් වර්ගත් මෙහිදී ඕන වෙනවා. හොද ලාභදායි ස්වයං රැකියාවක් විදිහට කේක් හදනවනම් මේ හැමදේම දැනගෙන ඉන්න ඕනේ.ඒ නිසා කෑම ලන්තයෙන් ෆජ් අයිසින් පිලිබදව ඔබව දැනුවත් කිරීම සදහා සුදානම්ව සිටිනවා. එසේනම් අපි බලමු ෆජ් අයිසින් සාදාගන්නා ආකාරය.
අවශ්‍ය ද්‍රව්‍ය: කුකින් චොක්ලට් ග්‍රෑම් 250වැනිලා තේ හැඳි 1අයිසින් සීනි මේස හැඳි 1ෆ්‍රෙෂ් ක්‍රීම් කෝප්ප 1/4

මුර්තාබක් රොටි (Murtabak Roti)

අද අපි හදන්න යන්නේ රාමලාන් කෑමක්.  මුර්තාබක් රොටී කියන්නේ ඉතාමත් ප්‍රණීත ආහාරයක්. මීට ඉස්සෙල්ලා මේ රොටිය ගැන අහලවත්, කාලවත් නැත්නම් අදම හදලා බලන්න. ඔන්න ඒනම් අපි බලමු මුර්තාබක් රොටි හදන විදිය.
පිටි මෝලිය සදහා අවශ්‍ය ද්‍රව්‍ය: පිටි 200gලුණු ස්වල්පයක්මාගරින් තේ හැදි 02වතුර අවශ්‍ය පමණට