Matias Bacoñsky | When the World Ends

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When the World Ends

by Matias Bacoñsky

Cinematic solo piano music, very deep and emotive
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Awakening
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2. Serenity
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3. Time to Say Goodbye
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4. Memories
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5. Not Strong Enough
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6. May We Meet Again
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7. Sky Is Falling
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8. Days Gone
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9. One Last Breath
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10. Afterlife
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11. New Life
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12. The Final Page
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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'When The World Ends' is a themed album which tells the story about a men that is living the end of the world surrounded by his beloved ones. All the beautiful memories are in his head and in the minds of the entire family as well and finally everyone hopes to find themselves in another life again.

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Dyan Garris for New Age CD

Intriguing Dark Piano
“When The World Ends” by Matias Bacoñsky
Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

“When The World Ends” is the third official album release from, Matias Bacoñsky, a pianist and composer from Argentina. His first official album was “Life And Death,” released in 2016. His second official album, “Straight From The Heart,” was released in September 2017.

This solo piano album, “When The World Ends,” is a concept album, a story, encompassing the theme of a man living at the end of the world, sharing memories and bidding farewell to his loved ones. Is there hope for a life beyond the end of the world? Will they meet again? This is “dark piano,” and nicely done.

In contemporary New Age music, we currently have a lot of what is termed “healing music,” particularly in the solo piano realm. If we open our minds a little, we can perhaps see that even in “dark piano,” there can also be what we call “healing.” After all, the piano keys themselves consist of both ebony and ivory, dark and light, black and white. It’s an instrument that is meant to be played using both, not just one or the other, and not just one register, upper or lower.

It’s like life. Try as we may, we can’t live our lives only just in the middle, because life often has a whole different idea. And living in the middle, with no ups and downs, no contrast at all, could be not only supremely boring, but also not conducive to any kind of growth. And if we don’t want growth, we can probably all just go home.

Any piece of music is a communication, a conversation of sorts, and like a regular verbal conversation, we just need to interpret what we think we are hearing in order to receive the message; to benefit from the conversation. What is this person saying? If we go into any conversation with our already preconceived point of view, or not really listening, then we close ourselves off from the opportunity to learn anything.

“When The World Ends” is not about depressing or oppressive darkness. That doesn’t seem to be the intention. If you look at the cover art, you can see the piano in the middle of chaos, surrounded by wisps of light. If you really listen, the music actually has a great deal of life, light, and hope in it. While not what we think of as “traditional” New Age, the album is deeply passionate and emotional, very thoughtfully composed and played, and Matias tells this story beautifully. If you’re willing to embrace the darkness along with the light, as intrinsic parts of each other, you will like this.

The album starts off rather simply and gets more intricate in composition as it goes along. The more I listened to it, the more I liked it. A few of my personal favorites are: Track 5, “Not Strong Enough,” which has a kind of dreamy ambiance and a sweet surrender kind of feel. “The Sky Is Falling,” track 7, also a favorite, is flowing and melodic, although no less intense than anything else here. My ultimate favorite on the album is track 9, “One Last Breath.” Contrary to what might garner from its title, this feels open and expansive, perhaps intentionally leading us without fear into whatever lies beyond. One final note is the last track, “The Final Page.” This gets very deep again, fast paced and intense, yet slowing down at times, and with emphasis on the lower registers, perhaps all to symbolize and underscore the “full circle” aspect of life, death, and existence.

Definitely interesting, dark piano as a “sub-set” genre is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you like to explore the deeper nature of things rather than just the “nicey-nice,” give this a try.
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Steve Sheppard

A compelling album of self expression and discovery
There can be no doubt that Matias Bacoñsky is fearless when it comes to dealing with the deeply emotive issues of life’s somewhat rich pattern. His previous releases of, Life And Death and, Straight From The Heart, speaks volumes with regard to that.
Now the solo pianist brings us another moment of musing in the guise of When The World Ends. From the very beginning of the album, we are drawn into a powerful and completely absorbing narrative. Awakening starts this sojourn into the darkness of the end of days, one that is swiftly followed by an empowering, yet compelling composition entitled Serenity, the melody and flow are very moving, and at times cinematic to behold, a fine start to this brand new release indeed.
Bacoñsky’s dramatic flow is enticing and when you listen to the next offering called Time To Say Goodbye you will understand why. The intense nature of this track is extremely powerful in its construction and performance; one can truly feel through the arrangement, a sense of deep sadness pouring from the tones of the song and the keys of the piano.
On Memories we have a totally different arrangement; there is a reflective nature about this composition that is truly moving. We can for instance gaze from our musical window and visualise memories of a past and mistakes that have been made along the way, but also times of happiness and glee, all mixed into a look over the shoulder at the end of things, and now those moments like everything else are about to enter into the nothing as well.
When you listen to this album you will be walking through a whole new plain of existence brought into reality by the musician himself. The dimension we now enter is entitled Not Strong Enough. This was one of my personal favourites from the album and probably the cleverest composition from it also. The duel energy of this piece, the tempo changes and mood, have been artistically created with a sublime and thoughtful ear of the artist.
A sense of balance can be found at the optimum point, the half way marker, and through the composition called May We Meet Again. This is an arrangement that contains a strong narrative of hope within its construction as well, one that has such a wonderful fluency about its essence too; the performance here by Bacoñsky is uplifting and positive within this arrangement, a performance that is simply outstanding in all ways.
That energy is manifested further within this next offering called Sky Is Falling. The creation of a destruction falls all around us with this incredibly dramatic offering. Then the mood tries to change as pockets of a reflective nature try to step back from this all-consuming opus of desperation.
As we fall deeper into the album we come across an addictive composition entitled Days Gone. This is a memory strewn arrangement that floats through the mind with such an emotive reflection, listening to this piece would be like finding a treasure trove of family albums in your attic, but having no one to share them with, this is without doubt one of them most moving pieces from the release with ease.
One Last Breath, is another deep reaching composition that is played with such precision and purpose, with a flourishing heart on the sleeve approach, however there is a very smooth melody to also found here, like musical memories that will never fade until that very last breath is taken.
The gentleness of the beginning of Afterlife is a very pleasant moment of musical calm to behold. The artist is almost drawing a narrative of another whole new realm that has been created, but just out of reach until this point. The energy builds beautifully within this arrangement and fills us up once again with the reality of further hope.
Our penultimate offering is entitled New Life. This is a truly clever piece, after all the chaos and tension as the world ends. New Life draws a whole new and almost blissfully happy essence of freedom. This track could well be a future anthem for the artist, here is an arrangement that truly blooms and grows as it progresses, and with such a level of artistic grace and professionalism too.
Who knows what The Final Page will have written on it when it comes to that moment, but the artist has left this opus until last, perhaps to allow us to think on further? At well over six minutes The Final Page is easily the longest composition off the album and one of the most creative as well. Bacoñsky has also very intelligently created the soundtrack, but cleverly left the last page a blank canvas, thus allowing us the opportunity to put what we feel relates to us on that very last note of the book of life.
Matias Bacoñsky has manifested a deep and searching narrative in this album When The World Ends, one that I think listeners will find compelling, this is a journey to the end of days and then beyond. For the artist this has been a voyage of artistic endeavour’s that have allowed him the ultimate musical moment of self-expression, and thus created a musical journey of self-discovery, that will be too tempting to resist listening to.
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Kathy Parsons

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When it comes to finding themes for his albums, Argentinian pianist/composer Matias Baconsky is certainly not one to shy away from the dark side! "When the World Ends" is his third album, following 2017’s "Straight From the Heart" and his 2016 debut, "Life and Death." Not yet in his mid-20’s, Baconsky cites Amy Lee from Evanescence and pianist/composer/violinist Jennifer Thomas as his biggest musical influences. It was Amy Lee who inspired Baconsky to start playing the piano at the age of sixteen. "When The World Ends" is a themed album that tells the story of a man living at the end of the world surrounded by his loved ones. As they share their beautiful memories, they hope to find themselves and each other in another life.

The album and story begin with “Awakening,” a very dark prelude that expresses a sense of dread and doom. Much of the piece is played in the deep bass of the piano, adding to the darkness. “Serenity” could also be called “The Calm Before the Storm,” as it really isn’t peaceful. Something is coming, but no one knows for sure what it is or what it will bring. “Time To Say Goodbye” has a throbbing intensity, but also suggests feelings of sadness. What would you say to those you love? How do you prepare for something so catastrophic? “Not Strong Enough” seems to express regret and deep grief, perhaps thinking of things left undone and unexperienced while the man in the story had the chance. Or maybe he is feeling the pain of not being able to save those he loves from this darkest time. “May We Meet Again” isn’t exactly light, but it is gentler with a more hopeful outlook. “Sky Is Falling” seems to convey a sense of resignation rather than panic or fear that the end is close. After “One Last Breath” comes “Afterlife” and a growing sense of excitement along with discovery and even joy. “New Life” presents an interesting contrast with the left hand in the deep bass of the piano and the right hand higher into the treble than it is for much of the album. This piece is also more melodic than most of the others, and gives the feeling of rising either physically, spiritually, or even both. “The Final Page” begins with a dark intensity that gradually lightens as it builds energy, leaving it to the listener to finish the story.

Obviously the music on this album brought many vivid images and feelings as I listened to it (several times). Those images will be different for each listener, as will the story - a fascinating concept! Check it out!
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