Soul Clap for Piano in D Minor
The nine original songs on Soul Hug’s little-known 2010 Elepianote EP (which I myself only just discovered) are mellow and sweetly melodic. If you’re not in the right mindset for that today –– or even tonight –– it’s okay. Save it for when you do need something in that vein and nothing else in your playlist is doing it. And when that time does come, do what I did: Press play, lower your eyelids, and see where this music takes you.
As for yours truly, I’m finding myself wandering into a hotel lobby in some foreign burg found in the Pacific Rim of my frontal lobe. It’s a little after 2 AM as I push my way inside a nameless hotel through its brass-and-glass revolving doors. After entering, my ears are promptly caught by the warming notes of a piano that beckons to me from around a nearby corner. Following the sound, I’m guided to the opened doorway of a dimly lit bar.
Stepping inside the double-doored entrance, my eyes strain make out the dimly lit shape of a stylish young Japanese cat seated at a piano, twenty or so feet away. His head is wrapped in a brown wool-knit cap with its brim “broke off” a bit to the left. His slim frame is garbed in a white tee-shirt and baggy blue jeans that flood down over the tops of wheat-colored Timberlands. A lit Marlboro pokes out from the mouth of a thinly-haired goatee.
Like myself, the player is in town from someplace else far away. Needing an escape from the solitary confinement of his friendless hotel room, he took to wandering the hotel hallways. Before long, he came to find the sanctuary he needed in this darkened bar with a Wurlitzer piano parallel parked in a corner.
Mesmerized by the plinking of the keys, I slink down into the cushioned booth just inside the bar’s entrance. As my eyes finish adjusting to the darkness, they show me that I’m not alone.
Hidden in the cushions of other booths scattered about the room are a dozen more mesmerized listeners who were all, just as I was, beckoned there by the warming allure of piano notes.
After a few lost moments, a skinny little server saunters over and asks what I’ll be having. I ask what the guy at the piano is drinking.
“Thirty-year-old sake,” she replies with a knowing smile.
I slowly nod my head to signal an agreement. And as she twirls her narrow hips to leave, I place a palm on the small of her spine and ask if she’d also take a second bottle to the roaming virtuoso with his fingers on the keys.
Soul Hug: ELEPIANOTE
1. Love Note
2. 月下美人 (Gekkabijin)
4. Three Color Of Night View
6. 侍 Samurai
7. World Prayer
8. 街灯~City Lights
9. Pirates of Legend
Paco Taylor is a writer from Chicago. He loves old history books, Japanese giant monster movies, hip-hop, anime, comics, Kit Kats, and kung fu flicks.