Arnold Savary is a French composer, bedroom producer and musician that released his debut album, L’Autodidacte, which (Babylon has told me) means the self-taught in French. The album was dropped on October 4th and is available from Bandcamp, for a name your price, price. The album itself is a very minimal release that focuses mainly on some pretty piano work and a few tinkerings in other bits of instrumentation, such as guitar, strings, you get the picture.
There are a lot of beautifully constructed piano arrangements on this album, while I do think that Savary makes great use of other instruments, it’s clear that he is most at home in front of a grand piano, occasionally popping behind his computer to get some mixing done. Everything sounds dreamy, blissful and at ease – no tricks her to catch you off guard, just a very gorgeous and delicate album of minimal music.
It’s an absolute joy to hear Savary branch out form just the piano, even if it’s slowly and surely. The tiny electronic elements (actually, it sounds like a glass harp or something to that effect) of Contempler, are so miniscule and subtle, that you could miss them and that’d be an awful shame. However, the fact is, is that if you’re giving this song the attention it deserves, then you’ll hear this small nuances. I think every track on this album that doesn’t focus on just the piano makes a glorious job of standing out, L’imagination, is a prime example, it’s a short piece that starts with this piano arpeggio and then all these other elements start filtering in and it’s just lovely.
Then there’s the track Rouages, which features the only guitar, that I’ve been able to pick out, plucking away a delightful tune with some light synth in the background. Tracks like Rouages and L’imagination, almost instantly remind me of the gentle composer Akira Kosemura and his Polaroid Piano album – both are very delicate, although Savary does not focus on field recordings like Kosemura
I can see that a lot of thought goes into Savary’s work, but it would be nice to see more variety on this album. The piano tracks are stunning, but it’s clear that he excels in other areas as well. Now, I know this is a mainly piano focused album, but it just seems a shame that this peacock isn’t flourishing more often. L’Horizon Éthéré (orchestral), feels like a track where Savary is really getting into his stride as a composer that can move between moods elegantly and without faltering – Horizon (orchestral) feels like it should be on a soundtrack for some cute French movie.
Arnold Savary crafts serene piano movements and some interesting orchestral based music that will tantalise your ears with its beauty late into the night, or the morning. L’Autodidacte feels complete and relaxing in every sense of the word, so stick it on an immerse yourself in the new soundtrack of season x,y or z.