Anna Rose Carter & Pleq: My Piano is Broken
The music Bartosz Dziadosz normally issues under the Pleq name assumes an even more humanized form when paired with Anna Rose Carter's piano. He's, of course, the electronic composer from Poland who has released material on a number of labels, including U-cover, Basses Frequences, Impulsive Art, and others, while Carter hails from the south coast of Wales and issued her debut album Silver Lines on Clem Leek's Schedios Records label.
As pretty and elegant as it is classically refined, Carter's playing exudes a melancholic strain that gives the EP's five pieces an affecting emotional impact, while Dziadosz surrounds her playing in a thick web of atmospheric textures and glitches. Strip away Pleq's whirring clusters and the gracefully rippling runs of “A Mirror Sitting” could pass for a Michael Nyman piano ballad, and like her better-known counterpart, Carter unites emotion and melody in powerful manner in these generally short pieces. On a project that includes the suitably pensive “Rain Again” and the plaintive “One Each” (which complements Carter's piano with Dziadosz's delicate guitar picking), connections might also be made between My Piano is Broken and the music of Library Tapes. The EP title notwithstanding, there's very little that sounds broken on this satisfying collaborative outing.