Riaan has travelled the world, exchanging musical ideas and interacting with foreign musicians. Fusing his own ideas with these and local South African influences, he creates dynamic and delicate world compositions while maintaining his originality.
During the Recording of the album Reminiscence, different studios, engineers, and musicians formed the bigger picture. The very diverse nature of the album is reminiscent of constant change, but still originates from a single songwriter.
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From the Press:
RIAAN NIEUWENHUIS - 'REMINISCENCE' (Underground Press)
Burgeoning jazz and blues textures meet electro distortions and gritty rock riffage in Riaan Nieuwenhuis’ latest compilation: a ten-track exploration of dynamic sound gathered beneath the umbrella of “Reminiscence”.
As something of a composition veteran in SA, the multi-instrumentalist has carved a unique niche for himself within the vast scope of purely instrumental composition. This offering, which progresses in what feels like three distinct parts, takes his experimentalism to brand new levels.
Multi-layered, world influences stack upon one another in the jazzy, trip-hop leanings of ‘Silk’; and the fibrillating four-chord bass-line of ‘Cruising’ firmly tethers the otherwise cluttered, uncontained track. Woody percussive effects interweave the sound, lending an earthy veneer to the creeping pace of ‘The Point’ and ‘Summer Afternoon’, while chiming Eastern influence soaks the tactful variances of ‘First Out’.
The latter half of the album finds itself knee-deep in gritty rock riffs, which cut corners around its frenetic pace and unheralded spacey synth lines.
This is a composer with a mind spilling over with ideas, and almost too many tools at his disposal – but when then time comes to lay them down he does so with easy grace, jumping nimbly from meaty rock chords to lilting jazz piano conclusions.
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This article was originally published on texxandthecity.com on June 5th, 2018