New release from pianist Hoefner, who put out an under-the-radar gem in 2012 with Songs Without Words
. Hoefner’s music isn’t complicated or fussy… he crafts strong melodies and develops them with an enviable focus that makes his songs memorable and so damn enjoyable to hear. On his previous album, he kept a casual pace, letting the melodies breathe, and so even when the tempo speeded up, songs still had a light and slow pace. On his newest, he let’s the melodies surf the back of brisk rhythms… acting as an alternate view of Songs Without Words
, while complementing it as a solid follow-up.