Artist: Gregory Paul Mineeff
Label: Cosmicleaf Records
Released: 29th May 2019
Grind is the debut album from multi-instrumentalist, composer Gregory Paul Mineeff. The album is a collection of minimalist piano pieces performed on an electric tine piano accompanied by analog synthesizers. Gregory says the intent was to produce an album based around simple, minimalist piano pieces, but with a synthesized atmosphere.
The album begins with an intro ‘Nearing the end’. Initially I thought this was a bizzare title. However, as it sounded somewhat like a church organ enveloped in an atmospheric drone, then perhaps it’s a more morbid end it implies? This is followed by the more aptly titled ‘Two’ where Gregory creates a sense of engaging beauty in slow motion.
Moving through the album although it maintained a chilled ambience, I found the next couple of tracks became less engaging and more background music, but slowly track by track by the time I’d reached the 8th track ‘If there was time’ my attention was pulled back to the music. I’ve listened to this a few times now and the result has been pretty much the same. Gregory certainly achieves an ambient mood with these pieces and for those who are solely seeking relaxation, that’s probably enough.
Reviewed by Woodzee