Carles Viarnès

Urban tactus

R19

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Produced and mixed
with Frank Rudow
at Can Pastallé

Master
Yves Roussel
in Barcelona

Artwork
La Parte Gráfica

Release date
13th of November 2012

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Urban tactus

Carles Viarnès is a pianist and a composer with a classical training and has a career that spans across genres like improvisation and contemporary piano music. This first release is, for sure, a unique voice within the contemporary music scene.
 
From Bach to Gorecki to Davis to Haden to Pärt, each of the songs in 'Urban Tactus' treads into the territory of minimalism and newly discovered lands in experimental and electronic music, which have also been explored by outfits like Goldmund, Nils Frahm or Hauschka. The language of contemporary music blends here with minimalism, the modern piano scene and experimentalism. Viarnès' simple piano compositions evoke images of slow landscapes to the point of stillness, with subtle developments which create fragile ambiences, ones in which the songs and its structures dilute in while some pianos are being played simultaneously in the background.

This album reflects the inner pulse of the surroundings of the subconscious...but it is also a very personal snapshot of the world outside: its imposed order, its vacuous cultural hedonisms, its subdued, hidden emotions, the decline of the capitalist system, but it also reflects the expectations the composer has for the restoration of priorities. This is made explicit in joyful pieces like 'Vacui’ and ‘Deambulant’ which touch upon the same feeling of bitter happiness as can be heard in the music of Mahler, while ‘Iris’ and ‘Trash Vortex’ have a more dynamic or even dramatic feel. The experience of this music is not always hedonistic or comforting since it proposes a face-to-face encounter, a dialogue built up on the basis of greatness and distress.

Apart from the crystalline, innocent pieces ‘Balalaika’ and ‘Ergo prana’, the sobriety and apparent contention that permeates the album engages the listener in an enticing game, one in which the player interacts with the beauty of what's being ommited rather than what's being shown. Passages like ‘Sustain’ or ‘Light Inside’ seem quiet and cold but a latent tension stirs inside them. Looping repetitions spiral forming hermeticisms; cycles of endless, sharp textures, of suggestive harmonies carrying the hum of melodies that shake like staggering domes. In short, 'Urban Tactus' is an intricate mesh of pieces which speak for the composer's open-mindedness and his natural ability to imbue them with the affect of film music composers like E.S.T., The Montgofier Brothers, Flim or even Max Richter.

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REVIEWS

Sorprendente álbum neoclásico. Un disco de debut que no tiene nada de difícil y lo tiene todo de emocionante, y que puede ser considerado como respuesta a figuras ya consagradas en Europa como Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Peter Broderick y Max Richter. Puede parecer exigente situarlo al nivel de estos talentos consolidados, pero sorprende y enamora

Javier Blánquez, Noviembre 2012 I PLAYGROUND

Dicen que es un pionero y resulta difícil no estar de acuerdo. Piezas que se pliegan a un minimalismo elegante y teñido de melancolía; una zona de confort que sólo abandona para realizar algún experimento más radical que recuerda (para bien) al trabajo de Nils Frahm, Hauschka o Dustin O'Halloran; tipos a los que Viarnès puede mirar a la cara sin ningún tipo de complejo

Vidal Romero, Noviembre 2012 I GO MAG

Un debut que bebe del impresionismo, de la electrónica i de la rama minimalista de la contemporánea. Es un pasaporte sónico al limbo: Música con que dejarse mecer

Roger Roca, Noviembre 2012 I EL PERIÓDICO

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EL OJO CRÍTICO Enero 2013

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NOTODO Enero 2013

LA VANGUARDIA Diciembre 2012

PLAYGROUND Diciembre 2012

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YOURS IN MUSIC Diciembre 2013

TREINTA Y UNA CANCIONES Diciembre 2012

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EL PERIÓDICO Noviembre 2012

PLAYGROUND Noviembre 2012

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