A delicate, light Jazz offering that sounds like clouds parting, letting the warm sun through after a rainy day is always welcome in my book.
The Vancouver-based composer and jazzist Anita Eccleston watched the news, and the bleakness compelled her to make music that’s warm, cozy, and comforting. A notion that’s purely Canadian in its sweetness. Golden Hour is a part of an album that serves this noble cause. But is it any good?
Well.. yes. Very. Golden Hour will readily play the role of elevator music if you’re not paying attention, but if you do, you’ll find a nuanced and refined composition that’s intricate, and full of color, detail, and musicianship. The swinging 6/8 time, the filtered, gentle percussion, and the sleepy horn arrangement calls to mind timeless sounds from movie scores and legendary Jazz compositions. Thin synth solos that are minimalistic and quite pleasant to the ears dominate a large part of this composition, while a hauntingly airy electric piano handles the main part with grace and a soft touch.
There’s not much to say, to describe this sweet and soft piece from Anita Eccleston. Effervescent production, tasteful solos, immaculate, airy vibes, and an inviting, mythical atmosphere. Anita set out to let some light and warmth into the world, and she effortlessly achieves that.