Review: Matias Baconsky – Life and Death

Matias Baconsky – LIFE AND DEATH:  That album title is a lot to live up to, but with my own piano playing experience speaking, I can tell you that Matias pulls it off on his debut release – beautifully! Now, as you can tell from the title, this isn’t a “good cheer” album – his music makes you look deep into yourself, as on one of my favorite piano pieces (yet) for 2017, “Contemplation“… his pacing is near-perfect, and the recording of the keyboard is flawless through all twelve songs.

Music like this is just what we need to be piping into schools around the globe, to inspire our children to follow their dreams – and one of the best sonic examples I’ve heard of that (ever) is the 4:13 “Believe“… again, what truly cinches it is Matias’s pacing… no rush to judgement, but every note is clear, concise and full of the kind of vibrant hope one would expect to hear on a song with that title.

What would be really nice on the next release is to hear his compositions woven together with strings… that’s a minor critique, though, since his use of overtones on pieces like my personal favorite on the album (and also the longest), “This Is Not The End“, gives the listener a similar experience.  One thing I can say with certainty – you WILL be hearing more from this masterful young player from Argentina.  I give Matias a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this wonderful solo piano release.  You can purchase the album on his BANDCAMP page, or at the links below.           Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016