It's early in 2017, a year where we are probably going to need a lot of help calming our nerves and soothing our souls. Music is always my go-to when I need to get away from the harsh realities of the world we now live in. And here to help just five days into the new year is Tracey Chattaway. The Australian writer/producer/pianist is back with her fourth full length album Secret Garden and it's a beaut.
Chattaway debuted in 2012 with the album Defining Moments, drawing influences from post-rock and ambient bands and artists. Think Hammock, The Album Leaf or Lowercase Noises and you'll get an idea of what shapes her music. But unlike those acts who are more guitar or electronic heavy, Chattaway's music is mostly centered around the piano, with swelling orchestration, or as she calls it, "cinematic soundscapes" shaping each piece. Secret Garden is comprised of ten tracks, two of which are short one minute songs, all written and produced by Chattaway.
As described, the album is overflowing with lovely piano melodies, lush strings and orchestration and a sense of calm and peace. Tracks like "Your Hand In Mine", "To Hope" and "Home" truly do take you away to your own secret garden, a welcome respite from the world outside. And with my first listen coming on a freezing cold Michigan winter night, shelter from the cold. On Secret Garden, Tracey Chattaway offers 36 minutes of melodic beauty. You can listen to the album here and, as always, if you like what you hear please support the artist. Purchasing options are below.
Favorite tracks: "Your Hand In Mine", "To Hope", "Home", "Soar"
Secret Garden was self-released on January 5th, 2017.