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This mix features The National, Yoko Kanno, The Avett Brothers, Aphex Twin, Josh Ritter, and Sufjan Stevens, as well as many others. It contains a fairly even mix of piano instrumentals, and songs that are simply feature a piano as a key instrument.
Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” may just be my favorite single piano composition. It has a beautiful, simple melody, isn’t too long, and is unlike most anything else Aphex Twin has done. I’m hardly a fan of his; most of his electronic stuff just doesn’t do anything for me, but Avril 14th makes me wish he were primarily a pianist or composer, instead of an electronic musician.
John Coltrane and Duke Ellington’s collaboration “In A Sentimental Mood” is one of my favorite jazz recordings of all time, as well as generally one of my favorite songs. It’s the kind of song that seems perfect for a quiet late-night, and given that that’s normally the environment I’m in, and the kind I like it’s not surprise that this song follows to be one of my favorites. Its atmosphere is so perfectly captured in just 4 minutes, I only wish it lasted longer.
The Tallest Man on Earth’s latest album is called The Wild Hunt and its closer, “Kids on the Run” is the only song he’s put on a record driven by a piano. It’s chilling and nostalgic and the reverb-laden piano just reeks of timelessness. A true ode to youthful adventure.