Among the musical genres that have benefited the most from the worldwide diffusion of the modern platforms for the distribution of digital music, there are electro-acoustic and minimal music. Thanks to universal success achieved by famous Spotify playlists such as Peaceful Piano, Piano Ballads and Piano in the Background, we’re literally invaded by hundreds of new composers promoting their pieces for piano. Unfortunately, however, such proliferation of artists had the collateral effect we often come across to self-proclamed piano artist whose main talent is not the music, but rather the capacity to intercept the trends and to satisfy the tastes of the casual listeners.
In my endless research for the most beautiful songs I bump into a lot of insignificant music. As a result, finding truly valuable songs for piano music has become increasingly difficult, and that’s basically the reason why I like so much to select and collect every single good piece I come across.
Browsing into the entries of my collections I identified a group of songs that are among the best pieces for piano released since the beginning of the year. Fortunately this list doesn’t exhaust the number of good songs that were released in 2018 and other articles could easily follow this one. The songs in this page, in any case, provide you with an excellent representation of the status of contemporary piano music.
Saman, by Ólafur Arnalds, from the album re:member.
Rays of Light, by Tigran Hamasyan, from the EP Rays of Light.
In Metaphor, Solace, by Luke Howard, from the album Open Heart Story.
The Roughest Trade, by Nils Frahm, from the EP Encores 1.
Sesal, by Kristoffer Wallin, from the album The River.
Present Tense, by Chilly Gonzales, from the album Solo Piano III.
Nagorno Mist, by Vusal Zeinalov, from the EP Beauty of Kura.
Martello, by Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, from the album Epoques.
Continuum, by Michael Logozar, fromt the album Kaleidoscope.
Faithful, by Chad Lawson, from the album Home Sweet Home: The 2018 Lore Variations.