Hammers and strings.

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What is it about the piano? The fact that it’s a completely physical instrument, that you can hear the hammer hit the string? That it can be delicate or make a racket? That it sounds nice?

Whatever the reason, I also love this new record Dogs by Kim Hiorthøy. Hiorthøy is a remarkably subtle pianist; these songs are impressive for, as the cliche goes, what isn’t being played. Notes tumble out as if by happenstance, but he’s is in complete control.

Dogs is full of melodic and mysterious tracks like “The Woods,” and I highly recommend it. Pre-order it now; the record’s out September 23 on Smalltown Supersound.

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