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Ruslan Perezhilo ”On the hair of my beloved”: A forward-thinking and lovely piano-anthem

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

It’s not very often we get a submission that has the musical quality and diversity to be placed in almost all of our different playlists. However, Latvian pianist/composer Ruslan Perezhilo has enrichened us with such a submission which I’m personally very thrilled about. The song I’m going to write about today is called “On the Hair of My Beloved”, and is, in my humble opinion, a piano-based piece of experimental neo-classical music.

Though this is nearly a solo piano piece, the sky really seems to be the limit when it comes to creativity, structure, and pure musical instinct. If you listen closely, you can hear that the main piano is backed up by the gentle touch of some synthesisers, giving the song's soundscape a glorious little detail I didn’t even know I needed, but now understand that I did. Structurally, one could argue that the composer kept things in a pretty straight-forward fashion, meaning that the song circles around the same chord progression for the entirety of it. On the other hand, it seems as if the song, by offering so many quirks and variations both melodically and dynamically, spices things up to an extend where there really isn’t a clear structure anymore. Almost like it’s in a state of constant movement. It has a lovely melancholic, slightly dreamy tone, and a general calmness to it, and though there are plenty of interesting and intense moments in this little experimental piano anthem, it somehow manages to keep balance, and stays true to this tone all the way through.

As a reviewer, I’m sometimes reminded that I can be in deep water when reviewing songs that challenges the limitations of genre and sound, and that is what I have experienced today. So let me end this on a clear and short note; I’m absolutely loving this thing.

Give it a listen or ten:


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