release date: 20.05.2022 on Traumton
Whoever expects only calm, dreamy music because of the album title, Somnambule, will be surprised. Olga Reznichenko does not take the name of the album so literally, but rather in an associative way. “It’s not directly about sleepwalking, but about different nocturnal states. These also included semi-conscious phases in which my thoughts don’t come to rest or melodies that I played before still reverberate.”
The opener “Liquid Salt Sleeps Lost” is indeed quite lyrical with its harmonic moments, but the trio’s energy potential already flashes up in between the finesse. The following “Restless Stone Stops Motion” also begins quite poetically, but already in the main melodic motif Olga Reznichenko’s piano notes flow a bit faster, and Maximilian Stadtfeld intertwines the beats more dynamically. His individual accents inspire the pianist’s improvisations. As she breaks out ever further with a remarkable balance of elegance and determination, bassist Lorenz Heigenhuber also soars into inventive, spurring lines. After a good four minutes and a brief phase of contemplation, the proceedings take an unexpected turn. Suddenly repetitive figures dominate and Reznichenko lets them spin and dance more and more powerfully, finding an own expression between classical minimalism and Nik Bärtsch‘s Zen-Grooves.