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Mojo DECEMBER 2020 - by Jon Dale
LARAAJI: MOON PIANO
New Age craftsperson embraces the piano's illumined melancholy
Moon Piano is the second in a trilogy of piano-only albums for New Age éminence grise Laraaji. His legend rests on being discovered and produced by Eno in the early 1980s, which rather reduces a five-decade career to a footnote in another artist's biography, but Laraaji's radiant and reflective music - all pools and puddles of peaceable tonology - has pretty much defined the parameters of an entire genre. Moon Piano feels light, airy, pellucid, its emotional tenor largely one of contemplative calm with flickers of melancholy; Laraaji's piano-playing is never flashy, always grounded, but also flooded with luminosity.