ALBUM REVIEW: Inscape, by Alexandra Streliski, Secret City Records, Out Now
It took eight years for Canadian/Polish pianist Alexandra Streliski to record a follow-up to her 2010 debut album Pianoscope.
Described by the composer and musician as "a series of short stories that were made to let you travel in your memories, or invent the rest of the plot",
Pianoscope led to a musical collaboration with another Canadian, film and TV series director Jean-Marc Vallee on projects, including Dallas Buyers Club, Demolition, Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects.
Inscape, which Streliski calls "a concept that combines interior and landscape" made during a year of "creative evolution", the 11-track album exploits the pianist's big screen instincts, whilst also making room for more intimate, solitary arrangements.
In fact, the album takes on two, audible personalities, one being the isolationist piano-only offerings of The Quiet Voice, Burnout Fugue, Overturn and Materials.
Streliski's alter ego at the piano emerges on four consecutive tracks, Ellipse, Changing Winds, Interlude and Blind Vision, where the subtlest of accompaniements can be heard giving the quarter of tunes a refreshing heartbest.
On one album, Inscape takes Streliski from the world of Chopin, Debussy, Faure and Ravel into a landscape occupied by renowned TV and film composers like Mike Post, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass and Thomas Newman.
Review by Winston Brown