Maria Chiara Argiro 'Forest City' LP
Maria Chiara Argiro has been quietly weaving her way around the UK jazz, classical and electronic worlds since she moved to London from Rome 11 years ago. A pianist from the age of nine and a key player in the capital's multi-national jazz scene, she's lent her skills to indie band These New Puritans, lush jazz troupe Kinkajous and, more recently, collaborations with Jamie Leeming - their 2020 album Flow was nominated for one of the albums of the year in the Jazz Revelations Awards and was the Guardian's jazz album of the month - and beat-driven duo Moonfish.
But with her new album, Forest City, she finds a glistening thread between these movements: it marks her out as an exciting rising electronic artist, where jazz meets Kelly Lee Owens, Jon Hopkins and Radiohead. It's a concept record, about the "duality of nature and city", and where organic sounds and textures seem to ow above the urban sprawl.
Catalogue number: LPIL2090
Label: Innovative Leisure