Glacis is the alias for the solo piano compositions of Edinburgh-based musician, Euan McMeeken. ‘love, if you love me, lie beside me now’ features six tracks of lucid, self-contained piano-driven pieces, backed by calm, non-elaborate electronic drones, which forms an exceptionally pleasant listening experience.
The compositions pride themselves on their straight-forward simplicity. Euan, playing very little notes and phrases from the low and high ends of the piano, manages to create profoundly emotional sounds, allowing his listeners to truly get lost in the pieces. The tracks only have their titles to go off, however if one wishes to analyse the ‘deeper meanings’, from the first listen it is clear that the nature of this record isn’t to showcase great concepts.
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The creaking of the piano keys and ambience of the room is largely captured throughout the album, producing a large amount of intimacy not common with recordings in this digital age, where post-production strives for ‘perfection’ in removing any incidental sounds. This natural effect only further emphasises the sincerity in-which the album is shrouded in, the instinct releases of genuine emotion and creative energy are what this record is truly all about – the pieces are as they are – simple, sincere introspections.
One can easily think of a number of additions that could ‘improve’ the compositions Euan writes, which may make it more ‘lively’, ‘brooding’, ‘skilled’ etc… But at the end of the day, music is a subjective art, and Euan has written all that he has deemed necessary for a fine record, and that’s what we have here with ‘love, if you love me, lie beside me now’. This album may not receive a large amount of recognition, even in the neo-classical and ambient circles of the music world, but it is a more than pleasant alternative in this day in age of modern music, and deserves to be noticed.
‘love, if you love me, lie beside me now’ is a beautifully modest piece of work, reminding us every now and then to not expect so much from music, and to just lose ourselves, well, in ourselves, and to just admire things for what they are.
‘love, if you love me, lie beside me now’ is out now via Tavern Eightieth.
This Glacis article was written by Ben Kendall, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.