SINGLE REVIEW FOR Attila Gibson “Hidden Pain” by Kerry Barmes
I’ve always thought that Attila’s piano music is among the most powerful and explosive out there, studded with true grit and dynamite!!, and even though “Hidden Pain” is one of Attila’s more ‘perhaps not quite so in your face’ piano works, it still maintains the essential hallmarks of this towering artist!!!! Firstly, I’m struck by the sound of his piano of choice for this particular piece. So many evocative qualities are at play. The piano has a gloriously old-fashioned timbre and sounds like it’s being recorded in an echo-friendly basement or something, but this is Attila’s absolute intention. It’s as bright as a magpies nest and very bold of course, as you would expect.
There seems to be a lot of ‘anger’ within this hidden pain, as he punches in all the accented notes for us to adjust our ears to. I’m getting a vision of a man in a terrible state of panic and laced with pain, wandering the streets in an absolute daze, very unsteady and needing help. This daze is reflected in the ‘pedalling’ which seems intoxicated by reverb and adds to the confusion.
The minor-tonality encapsulates every emotion and whirls around like a million guitar-harmonics!!
At around 1.30, the pressure starts to ease, soaked in a haunting diminuendo. He lays us to rest, but we are still restless. Attila, you are an amazing communicator of this uneasy feeling, and I think it’s gonna follow me round all day, today!!!