Fragments by Grant Borland

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This fancy new EP from Mr. Grant Borland, entitled “Fragments,” is more than just the ravings of a composer and his piano alone. I mean, the album is solely piano with some minor programming and effects on the recording here and there. 

 

The album feels very sincere in its emotional delivery, even in the complicated compositional parts. There are not many of those here anyway, as there’s a good balance between what’s simple and what’s multi-layered. Let’s dig deep and see what “Fragments” has to offer. 

The first track, which is the title track, begins with a pumping and relatively fast tempo that charges us with energy and sets the mood for what’s about to come. 

The second track, “Unfold,” feels like a touching and sad pop song. At a certain point, it makes you feel like you’re listening to a harp. The melody has a slow build-up followed by a decrescendo in the ending, and that’s it. 

The third track, “Moss,” has a more clear climax near its end and has a more percussive approach in general. 

The fourth track, “Heirloom,” feels so thought-provoking because the music moves in many directions at once. We can hear clear programmed percussion for the first time since the start of the EP. The midsection to the end keeps stripping down elements, and then I was delighted by some low notes that sounded like an upright bass, and then it keeps losing more of its elements until there’s only silence. The most beautiful track so far. 

The fifth and final track, “Father,” is a very complicated and technical piece that you need multiple listens to understand. A lot is going on, and it gave me goosebumps and a multitude of different feelings. It evokes more than one feeling at once and changes into a more uplifting mood in its second half, a sombre outro that feels like the right closure to a stretched-out emotional journey Mr. Borland walked us through. 

Overall, this EP feels like a grandiose composition that’s suitable for a complete orchestra, but it’s only pianos and that might draw away some people. But if you listen closely, you will hear the amazing emotional depth and musical mastery, and the album will grow as you listen to it more often.

 

Edited by: Viola Karmy

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