You might gather that the piano is probably my favourite instrument be it a grand or a synthetic one it matters not to me. Now Mike Beever uses this instrument to great effect on his recordings some of which you may not realised you’ve heard already. So it was a nice surprise to find that he’s released another album of instrumentals ‘Future Piano: Music For Short Films‘. The first two are works for the grand piano ‘Budapest (A Winter’s Theme)‘ could be out of one those World War Two films where you can picture a tearful eyed woman pressed against a window as the train pulls out from one of Hungary’s capital stations. Then we have ‘There Are No Winners‘ which flows in same way to begin with then he adds some cool atmospherics to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.
We get a shift in style with ‘It’s Not Your Time (Closing Credits)‘ which is in line with his film themes style. It’s more up-tempo and contemporary in delivery. For me this ignites slowly with lush landscapes of sound behind the electronic beat. Slowing things down again is ‘Cut (Alex’s Theme) Solo Piano‘ which is a sublime piece that feels so lonely within this body of work. Whereas ‘Cut Trilogy‘ is the complete opposite in texture and feel. It’s more urgent yet not frantic and as it progresses it wants to wrap around your senses. In all another class piece of work. There must be something about that New Zealand air that helps an artist give such depth to their compositions.