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The art-pop pioneer swaps the frenetic synthscapes of Hot Chip for a starkly minimal yet gorgeously set of ethereal piano-driven songs. Taylor‘s witty wordplay and unique vocals have long been an institution in one of the most pioneering bands of the past twenty years, and by reducing himself down to simply his voice and intricate piano, 2016’s Piano is a stark collection of songs that are exceptional in their use of space and atmosphere.

Despite the sparse aesthetic, the only thing that is simple about Piano is the name of the album itself, everything else is complex in the finest way. Given that the acoustics of the Sage are precision-engineered to be an instrument in their own right, I doubt there’s a better place to experience Taylor’s bold reinvention. In support of companion album Listen With(out) Piano, this is bound to be a hell of a unique experience.

Alexis Taylor is at Sage Gateshead on Friday 24th March.

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