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Myriad3 – Moons

Myriad3 started following me on Twitter the other day and I began to check out their music. Particularly their latest album, Moons. Myriad3 is a piano trio from Toronto, Canada consisting of pianist Chris Donnelly, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer Ernesto Cervini. They use some synths and electronics on this album. Personally I really like what that adds to the traditional acoustic piano trio format. The album benefits from repeated listens. I highly recommend this album.

“Skeleton Key” starts the album off with a piano riff increasing in intensity as the bass and drums join in. Towards the middle of the song the bass takes over the riff. The song is simple in structure with the same underlying riff throughout. Electronics add to the thickening layers of sound. The whole greater than the sum of its parts.

In “Noyammas” piano lines chase after the underlying bass lines. Towards the center the song opens up to some free jazz playing with the piano playing in the upper register.

“Unnamed Cells” starts simply with the piano playing chords and bass notes. After the bass joins in, the piano plays a more complex line underneath the chords. The song keeps building growing fuller and fuller.

“Stoner” is a dreamy song. A nice change of pace from the first four songs. The notes being pulled slowly from the instruments before picking up tempo later in the song.

“Peak Fall” is a good song on a great album. It suffers only because it is surrounded by better songs and might even be the best song on other albums.

“Counter of the Cumulus” is a complex hard-driving number. The drumming pushing the composition forward. If your mood is not lifted after listening to this song I don’t know what will. Joy gushes out.

“Ameliasburg” is elegiac and beautiful. It draws you further and further into its web until you are trapped not wanting the song to end.

“Sketch 8” feels like it could be the intro to a rock opera. In the middle it takes on a martial beat.

“Moons” is an experiment in sound. Fitting in at this spot of the album nicely. I do not think the song stands alone well.

“Brother Dom” is a harmonically rich song. The pounding drums pushing the song forward.

“Exhausted Clock” ends the album in a slow and simple way. Building in complexity as the song and album draw to a close.

It is great to come across new bands that I would normally not know anything about and discover a treasure of wonderful music. I once again highly recommending giving Myriad3 a listen.

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