Florejan has stripped every composition to the bone, to the bare essence of the song. It has been an exercise in letting go and a quest for finding beauty and purity. Seemingly easy listening, the melodies conceal a profound richness. Each song is a trip, telling a story with many layers.
Who else but illustrator Sassafras De Bruyn (www.sassafrasdebruyn.com) could provide this album with the right images? It was a match made in heaven: beautiful drawings as a perfect answer to the multi-layered music.
'Piano Piano' is a very personal record and shows a part of Florejan that not many people have already discovered.
Listen to Piano Piano
The magical feeling when the first snow falls. The landscape changes, becomes unrecognisable. Inevitable and unstoppable.
After a one minute intro the snow starts to fall. With snow comes rest.
THE BOY IN BETWEEN
Three figures try to find their way. There is an arpeggio-motif in the right hand, while the left hand uses fundamental bass notes to create context. Both left and right tell their story. In-between, hidden in the broken chords, lays a melody.
Either you accompany someone who feels the same way about life or someone who adds a value to your world.
The melody is a lost boy, seeking his own way.
It starts as a lullaby and turns into a repetition closer to oneself (an octave lower) to end in a realm of dreams. Hibernation is more than a period of rest or a time of inertia.
It is walk towards the inner self, a visit to the cathedral in your head.
Going away sometimes is hard and leaves one confused. Sometimes saying goodbye is hard and heavy.
When something is gone, it leaves a void and many questions.
A figure with a walking cane, and a limp.
The melody builds up through layers, higher and higher. It ends where it started, in another shape.
This is not an overture or the start of something.
Sometimes, when all is clear, we create an opening in our thoughts. This can be triggered by a spontaneous idea. This way we can create a way out of stuck situations, out of which flow new things.
After the snowfall everything is white, we see an undiscovered world. This piece has been composed by only using the white keys, in order to illustrate this new world. Only one black key was used. That is the most important note. That note allows you to see all the rest is white.
The image of a dancing couple in the snow.
The melody shifts - soon after it derails - to another beat; the echo becomes the melody. After the short time-shift in which you lose yourself, you’ll find the path again, helped by the consolation of the recognition of a musical idea from 'Wit'.
Literally: two piano's, but more importantly: slower!
The somewhat uncomfortable rhythmical triplet pattern against eights stands for holding on or even rise again under difficult circumstances.
Some things we can hardly let go. We find ourselves stuck at the beginning, again and again.
This piece is about a situation with which we have to learn to deal.
We're standing still, at a crossroad. A moment of new perspective.
Time to stop turning in circles and find rest. No triplets or other patterns.
The motif has been reduced to a few chords.