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Ghosts

Hania Rani

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On Ghosts, a variety of keyboards—acoustic piano, electric Fender Rhodes, synths—make up the core of Polish composer, pianist, and singer Hania Rani's sound world. It's an ambient place inflected with delicate melancholia and, occasionally, uplift. A third of the tracks are instrumentals, but rather than simply functioning as musical interludes, the voiceless pieces are an integral part of the album's flow. The hypnotic, slightly ominous instrumental "Oltre Terra" opens the album with carefully crafted pulses, pings, and drones. The piece nicely sets up the incredibly catchy "Hello," where Rani, shaded by backup vocals and jazzy keyboard, gives voice to an irresistible melody that rides rubbery electronic bass and brushed drums. "Don't Break My Heart" hints at gospel and rhythm and blues. Special guest Duncan Bellamy of the British rock band Portico Quartet provides spare and subtle percussion and loops that play off Rani's yearning voice. On "Dancing with Ghosts," Rani is joined by Patrick Watson on vocals and piano; accompanied by a panoply of electronic sounds, their voices mesmerize. The next cut, the gently propulsive "A Day in Never," employs hand percussion and rippling piano to support Rani's rhythmically insistent singing. Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds appears on "Whispering House," where tense breathing and spare and lovely keyboard tones fill the air. The effect is spooky: a haunting of a song that is barely there at all. By contrast, "Thin Line" vibrates with psychedelic energy. Strings arranged by Viktor Orri Árnason wend their way over percolating rhythms as Rani's vocals play with a handful of notes and words. The hypnotic track has a gentle quality but in this dreamy context it qualifies as a rocker. © Fred Cisterna/Qobuz    

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1
Oltre Terra
00:02:39

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Paweł Czarny, Viola - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Krystyna Wiśniewska, Cello - Ziemowit Klimek, DoubleBass - Kornelia Grądzka, Violin - Karolina Gutowska, Violin - Marta Piórkowska, Violin - Antoni Wrona, Cello - Tomasz Rosiński, Viola

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

2
Hello
00:05:08

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Francesco Donadello, MixingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Wojciech Warmijak, Drums - Ziemowit Klimek, Synthesizer, DoubleBass - Ignacy Gruszecki, RecordingEngineer

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

3
Don't Break My Heart
00:05:22

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Duncan Bellamy, Drums, FeaturedArtist, RecordingEngineer, DrumMachine - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Ziemowit Klimek, Synthesizer

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

4
24.03
00:04:13

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Paweł Czarny, Viola - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Krystyna Wiśniewska, Cello - Dobrawa Czocher, Cello - Ziemowit Klimek, DoubleBass - Kornelia Grądzka, Violin - Karolina Gutowska, Violin - Marta Piórkowska, Violin - Agata Dankowska, RecordingEngineer - Antoni Wrona, Cello - Tomasz Rosiński, Viola

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

5
Dancing with Ghosts
00:04:59

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Patrick Watson, Piano, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, RecordingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

6
A Day in Never
00:04:25

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Paweł Czarny, Viola - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Krystyna Wiśniewska, Cello - Dobrawa Czocher, Cello - Wojciech Warmijak, Drums - Ziemowit Klimek, Synthesizer, DoubleBass - Kornelia Grądzka, Violin - Karolina Gutowska, Violin - Marta Piórkowska, Violin - Agata Dankowska, RecordingEngineer - Antoni Wrona, Cello - Tomasz Rosiński, Viola

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

7
Whispering House
00:04:52

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Ólafur Arnalds, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

8
The Boat
00:07:05

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Paweł Czarny, Viola - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Krystyna Wiśniewska, Cello - Dobrawa Czocher, Cello - Ziemowit Klimek, DoubleBass - Kornelia Grądzka, Violin - Karolina Gutowska, Violin - Marta Piórkowska, Violin - Antoni Wrona, Cello - Tomasz Rosiński, Viola

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

9
Moans
00:04:33

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Ziemowit Klimek, Synthesizer

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

10
Thin Line
00:04:18

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Duncan Bellamy, Drums, FeaturedArtist, RecordingEngineer, DrumMachine - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Paweł Czarny, Viola - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Krystyna Wiśniewska, Cello - Dobrawa Czocher, Cello - Ziemowit Klimek, Synthesizer, DoubleBass - Kornelia Grądzka, Violin - Karolina Gutowska, Violin - Marta Piórkowska, Violin - Antoni Wrona, Cello - Tomasz Rosiński, Viola

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

11
Komeda
00:11:03

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

12
Utrata
00:04:11

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Gijs van Klooster, RecordingEngineer - Viktor Árnason, RecordingEngineer - Paweł Czarny, Viola - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Krystyna Wiśniewska, Cello - Dobrawa Czocher, Cello - Ziemowit Klimek, Synthesizer, DoubleBass - Kornelia Grądzka, Violin - Karolina Gutowska, Violin - Marta Piórkowska, Violin - Agata Dankowska, RecordingEngineer - Antoni Wrona, Cello - Tomasz Rosiński, Viola

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

13
Nostalgia
00:03:26

John Davis, MasteringEngineer - Greg Freeman, MixingEngineer - Manfred Zazzi, RecordingEngineer - Hania Rani, Composer, Producer, Piano, MainArtist

2023 Gondwana Records 2023 Gondwana Records

Album review

On Ghosts, a variety of keyboards—acoustic piano, electric Fender Rhodes, synths—make up the core of Polish composer, pianist, and singer Hania Rani's sound world. It's an ambient place inflected with delicate melancholia and, occasionally, uplift. A third of the tracks are instrumentals, but rather than simply functioning as musical interludes, the voiceless pieces are an integral part of the album's flow. The hypnotic, slightly ominous instrumental "Oltre Terra" opens the album with carefully crafted pulses, pings, and drones. The piece nicely sets up the incredibly catchy "Hello," where Rani, shaded by backup vocals and jazzy keyboard, gives voice to an irresistible melody that rides rubbery electronic bass and brushed drums. "Don't Break My Heart" hints at gospel and rhythm and blues. Special guest Duncan Bellamy of the British rock band Portico Quartet provides spare and subtle percussion and loops that play off Rani's yearning voice. On "Dancing with Ghosts," Rani is joined by Patrick Watson on vocals and piano; accompanied by a panoply of electronic sounds, their voices mesmerize. The next cut, the gently propulsive "A Day in Never," employs hand percussion and rippling piano to support Rani's rhythmically insistent singing. Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds appears on "Whispering House," where tense breathing and spare and lovely keyboard tones fill the air. The effect is spooky: a haunting of a song that is barely there at all. By contrast, "Thin Line" vibrates with psychedelic energy. Strings arranged by Viktor Orri Árnason wend their way over percolating rhythms as Rani's vocals play with a handful of notes and words. The hypnotic track has a gentle quality but in this dreamy context it qualifies as a rocker. © Fred Cisterna/Qobuz    

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