Belgium – Music For Keyboards
The man behind this album is Danish keyboard player and composer Lars Boutrup. After years in the business with rock, silent movie music and classical music, Boutrup is now releasing his first solo effort. He clearly has a sense for cinematic drama, painting some grand opening sequences that lead to a few poignant melodies. Hes very much interested in reflecting on the elements of nature. The massive, thick keyboard sounds evoke in the listeners mind a sense of being part of this infinite universe. Not uncommon of Scandinavian musicians, Boutrup has succeeded in creating a soundtrack to our liberating experience of wide open spaces, with their lakes, mountains and fjords. Sometimes an Emersonian organ adds to the different climates. Thus the aptly titled Emersong reminds us of a major influence on Boutrups playing. There are moments of sheer fun too, such as the light-hearted Alla Gypsy. All is suitably supported by Fredrik Sunesens ponderous drums and assorted percussions. Amateurs of keyboard music with a good tune will enjoy this.