The Player Piano | Satellite (Bonus Tracks)

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Satellite (Bonus Tracks)

by The Player Piano

Satellite is a limited press Japanese Import (usually $20-25). The Player Piano is the most internationally popular band on Sunset Alliance. This mostly-instrumental album is a masterpiece, and still sells well in Japan, France, and Belgium!
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Scanning Faces
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2. Sudden Left
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3. Pi/4
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4. Quiet
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5. Milwaukee Mile
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6. Mayday
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7. Money Talks
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8. NJB
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9. After the Fact
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10. Jazz Odyssey (bonus track)
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11. Cottus Carolinae (bonus track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The musical spaces cleared by The Player Piano are exceptionally beautiful, involving and entrancing." -Derives, Belgium

This album is a Japanese Import that usually sells for $15-20. It is The Player Piano debut, self titled, full lenght album, but it was repackaged with new artwork, and the album was remastered with 2 new songs. (total of 11 tracks) If you like emotive, interesting, well balanced instrumental music like some parts of Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Tristeza and others, this is for you. We promise. 2 songs on the album have sporadic vocals as an added bonus. :)

I'd seen the Player Piano live several times before hearing their self titled debut, and had been more than impressed with their live shows. I have to admit that I was skeptical that the CD could reproduce the beauty of their live performances. If you looked at my score at the top of the review you'd know that it has. This is a beautiful album. I'd only known The Player Piano as an instrumental band so when I put in the CD and heard the vocals on the first track, "Scanning Faces," I was pleasantly surprised. It was a nice dash of flavor on top of an already tasty song. The album remains largely instrumental with a couple of vocal splashes here and there. My biggest complaint with most instrumental bands is that they lack a strong enough melody to hold my interest. Not the case with The Player Piano, the two guitars play off of each creating melody lines the weave in and out and always keep your attention. The Player Piano also has really interesting dynamic, tempo, and rhythm changes that really draw you into the song. Another interesting element on the record was the addition of Rob Bird on keys. His parts really add texture and contrast the pretty guitar melodies. I definitely recommend picking this album up. I would hurry too. The first 1000 CDs printed come with really cool dye cut cardboard inserts. -Fake Jazz .com

"In Japan, the sought-after, out of print self titled release has been resurrected, given a name, and now brought to the States with 2 unreleased bonus tracks. (The Jazzy Odyssey and Cottus Carolinae). As if that weren't enough, the Japanese Import also provides a stunning new art layout." -Stinkweeds.com

The following review written in French and roughly translated:
If someone had told me a hard post-rock instrumental I would still kneeling, I was skeptical and that's the first album of The Player Piano Quintet in Provo Utah and is a vamp .

Bien que même si pour l'essentiel instrumental et intrinsèquement post-rock, car faisant appel aux classiques : deux guitares, basse, batterie, saupoudrés de quelques claviers, The Player Piano qui, pour l'anecdote, n'utilise pas de piano, serait pourtant plutôt à situer autre part sur l'échiquier musical. Although even if essentially and inherently instrumental post-rock, because using the classic two guitars, bass, drums, sprinkled with some keyboards, The Piano Player, which for the story, does not piano but would rather place it elsewhere on the music scene. Ce premier album les voit osciller entre la perfection d'un Seam (époque « the problem with me) et celle d'un American Football, croiser le fer entre Tristeza (époque « Spine & Sensory ») et Codeine, ou entre Mineral (époque « EndSerenading ») et les Early Day Miners, entre Boys Life et The Sea and Cake. This first album sees them oscillate between the perfection of a Seam (then "the problem with me) and that of an American football, cross swords between Tristeza (era" Spine & Sensory) and Codeine, or between Mineral (time "EndSerenading") and the Early Day Miners, from Boys Life and The Sea and Cake. Autrement dit, on a plutôt affaire ici à du gros gibier pour qui mélodie, grâce, subtilité, nuances de textures, changements de rythmes, attention portée aux détails et dynamique ne sont pas des vains mots. In other words, we are dealing with rather large game for which melody, grace, subtlety, nuance of texture, rhythm changes, attention to detail and dynamics are not empty words.

Les espaces musicaux défrichés par The Player Piano sont exceptionnellement beaux, entraînants et enivrants. The musical spaces cleared by The Piano Player are exceptionally beautiful, catchy and intoxicating. Même si dans certains passages on sent qu'il s'agit bien du premier album d'un groupe, ça n'empêchera pas d'associer à ce disque le qualificatif de chef-d'œuvre. Although in some passages it feels that this is the first album from a band, it will not stop to associate with this record label of the masterpiece.

L'album s'ouvre avec son meilleur titre, 'Scanning Faces' qui est aussi la plage qui comporte le plus de vocaux. The album opens with its best track, 'Scanning Faces' which is also the range that includes the most vocal. Il semble même qu'il y ait deux voix. He even seems to have two votes. Leur apport est tellement efficient ici qu'on se demande pourquoi le groupe n'en a pas plus utilisé sur les autres morceaux. Their contribution here is so efficient that one wonders why the group has no more used on other tracks. En tout cas on prie pour que The Player Piano en intensifie leur utilisation par la suite. In any case, we pray that The Player Piano intensifying their use thereafter. C'est qu'on touche véritablement à la perfection ici, les vocaux sont chuchotés et introspectifs tandis que les guitares sont cristallines et magistrales et que la batterie souligne brillamment le tout. It truly is touched to perfection here, the vocals are whispered and introspective while the guitars are crystal clear and masterly and the battery said it all brilliantly. On pense inévitablement à Seam, aux Early Day Miners ou même à Mineral. One inevitably thinks of Seam, the Early Day Miners or even in Mineral. C'est à couper le souffle et à écouter en boucle indéfiniment. It is breathtaking to listen and loop indefinitely. On retrouve cette mélancolie heureuse, cet état désabusé qui n'empêche aucunement de rebondir directement, qui ne nuit en rien à une certaine naïveté et fraîcheur éclaboussante de dynamisme. We find that melancholy happy disillusioned that this state does not prevent rebounding directly, which does not hurt to a certain naivete and freshness splashing dynamism. 'Scanning Faces' c'est pour moi un diamant, de l'or massif, mon idéal musical mis en notes, émotions et sons. 'Scanning Faces' it is a diamond, gold, my ideal set musical notes, sounds and emotions. Et cette demi-seconde de blanc juste au milieu du morceau c'est la petite aspérité qui touche au génie. And this half-second of white right in the middle of the piece is the little bump that touches on genius.

'Sudden Left' est un pur plaisir. 'Sudden Left' is a pure pleasure. Bien sûr on les connaît tous ces sons, mais la dextérité et la finesse du groupe nous emmènent dans une ballade où l'on se laisse surprendre d'une accélération à une autre, d'un réveil menaçant des guitares, d'une longue course tendue et libératrice à des instants de contemplation pure. Of course they know all these sounds, but the dexterity and finesse of the group take us a ride where you let yourself be surprised by an acceleration to another, threatening to wake up the guitars, a long race tense and liberating moments of pure contemplation. La pureté d'un ruisseau, une prairie verte, quelques lézards sur les rochers, un buisson d'aubépine en pleine floraison, un rapace en pleine chasse, une descente à bride abattue, un livre qui ne nous lâche plus de la première à la dernière page, un envol de canards sauvages, des instants de bonheur collés bout à bout. The purity of a stream, a green meadow, a few lizards on the rocks, a hawthorn bush in full bloom, a bird of prey in full chase, a downhill gallop, a book that we let go of the first to the last page, a flight of wild ducks, moments of happiness glued butt.

Juste un peu plus de chaleur et les colorations d'un soleil couchant magistral sur 'Pi/4', comme se laisser emporter dans un toboggan aquatique et rire de bonheur. Just a little more warmth and coloration of a sunset lecture on 'Pi / 4', as if carried away in a waterslide and laugh with joy. The Player Piano est l'un de ces rares groupes à connaître l'alchimie de cette mélancolie heureuse, aussi douloureuse que source de sérénité ensoleillée. The Player Piano is one of the few groups to experience the alchemy of melancholy happy, as painful as a source of sunny serenity. C'est comme si le sol se dérobait sous nos pieds, comme si l'euphorie et l'excès d'oxygène nous faisaient vaciller dans un trouble où des larmes de joie se mettent à troubler notre vision. It is as if the ground was shifting beneath our feet, as if the euphoria and excess oxygen made us waver in a condition where tears of joy began to cloud our vision.

Un 'Quiet' plus lascif qui me rappelle l'univers de Bedhead et des premiers Windsor For The Derby. A 'Quiet' most lascivious reminds me of the universe and the first Bedhead Windsor For The Derby. Un 'Milwaukee Mile' qui m'évoque plutôt le Seam des débuts, avec moins de distorsion cependant et quelque vocaux plus que bienvenus une fois encore en fin de morceau pour un atterrissage dans le coton. The Milwaukee Mile 'which reminds me rather of the Seam debut, with less distortion, however, and some voice more than welcome once again late in the piece for a landing in cotton.

Un 'Mayday' slowcore et contemplatif avec pourtant un vent qui s'élève et transforme les fontaines en chutes cascadantes, harpes aquatiques dans lesquelles la lumière du soleil vient créer des arcs-en-ciel. A 'Mayday' slowcore contemplative and yet with a wind rises and turns the fountains cascading waterfalls, aquatic harps in which sunlight is creating rainbows in the sky. Le chant est une nouvelle fois au rendez-vous et le résultat à couper le souffle. The song is once again at the rendezvous and the results stunning. Il ya quelque chose du 'EndSerenading' de Mineral dans 'Money Talks' car rarement depuis on a vu un groupe déployer la même grâce subtile et vivifiante dans une mélodie lumineuse et rythmée, alliant luminosité, légèreté et énergie. There is something 'EndSerenading' Mineral in 'Money Talks' as it has been rarely seen a group deployed with the same subtle and invigorating in a bright melody and rhythm, combining light, lightness and energy.

Sur 'NJB' il ya ce groove rythmique en nœuds, tensions et délivrances frissonnantes, mais tellement émouvantes, et dont on avait perdu la trace depuis l'album unique de American Football. On 'NJB' there's that rhythmic groove in knots, tension and thrilling rescues, but so moving, and which had lost track from the album single American Football. Ca donne presque envie de crier de joie à chaque redémarrage. It gives almost want to cry with joy at every restart. L'album se termine alors avec 'After the Fact' en déployant toujours le même niveau de brillance. The album then ends with 'After the Fact' by deploying always the same level of brightness.

Un disque à écouter en boucle, qui plonge dans un état second de lucidité euphorisante. A disc stream loop, which dips into a second state of euphoric lucidity. A en pleurer de bonheur, The Player Piano ne quittera décidément pas mon chevet du reste de l'année. A weeping with happiness, The Piano Player does definitely not leave my bedside the rest of the year.
Didier Goudeseune Didier Goudeseune


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