Chilly Gonzales recently slipped into some "Freudian Slippers," and now the pianist/entertainer is letting go of a "Sweet Burden" ahead of his impending album Chambers.
The song is anchored by Chilly's beautiful, gradually building ivory tinkling. Equally important here are the mournful strings that trace the melodies alongside the piano. Gonzales said this in a statement:
My Solo Piano song (and label) Gentle Threat is one of many contradictory titles in my repertoire. "Sweet Burden" is the album's first bona fide tear jerker. A long, ambiguous melody inspired by French composer Gabriel Faure. The viola solo is slowly joined by the cello, while the violins chime in with a single-note pattern. We all have our burdens to bear, and maybe only music can sweeten them.
Hear it below. Also below, watch a full 52-minute live set filmed at the Berlin Konzerthaus. It features the robe-clad Gonzales accompanied by a string section, and the music is interspersed with interview clips. It was filmed by Arte.
Chambers is due out March 24.
04/21 Toronto, ON - Koerner Hall
04/25 Montreal, QC - Théâtre Outremont
04/26 Montreal, QC - Théâtre Outremont
04/28 Montreal, QC - Théâtre Outremont