We always get a little excited when we get a neoclassical submission from Sweden, as it is almost 100% certain it will be more or less influenced by the almighty Jan Johansson, whom we literally pray to. Rikard Mathisson’s ‘’Nox’’ is no exception to that rule and rightfully so.
Careful not to blow it’s cover the piano moves around pop patterns in low tempo, hinting elements of both classical and folk. Patient with elaborations, the music captures the moment and builds on it slowly, eventually reaching a climax where the pianist gives away his true idol by throwing in jazz bits typical to the followers of Jan Johansson.
Swedish piano will always speak to us. Listen at the link below: