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Kelly Moran Readies New LP, 'Moves In The Field'
Christian Eede , February 20th, 2024 18:29

The pianist's first solo album since 2018 will be released by Warp in March

Kelly Moran has shared details of a new full-length record, Moves In The Field.

Featuring 10 tracks, it's the New York pianist and composer's first solo album since 2018's Ultraviolet, which marked her debut for Warp Records. Like 2023's Warp-released Vesela EP, the new record makes heavy use of the Yamaha Disklavier player piano. You can listen to lead track 'Butterfly Phase', which opens the album, just below.

In a statement, Moran said: "In early 2020, Yamaha loaned me a Disklavier player piano — a special instrument that allows you to record your performance for the piano to play back on its own. I was initially working on a duet for myself and another pianist, but when the pandemic hit, the player piano became my duet partner. I began writing a series of duets for myself and the Disklavier, exploring all the different ways I could utilise this instrument to merge its inhuman capabilities with my own playing.

"The Disklavier allowed me to record multiple layers of my playing so I could create music on the piano that would require more fingers or greater endurance than I physically have – like chords that had more than 10 notes in them, or chords that were spaced out farther than my hands could stretch. Sometimes I'd record a pattern and then speed it up to play back faster than I could ever physically play. My imagination exploded at all the possibilities this instrument allowed me to create, and these explorations culminated in my new record, Moves In The Field."

Warp will release Moves In The Field on March 29, 2024.