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Todor Kobakov,

Pop Music (88 Calibre)

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This is solo piano music from a classically trained indie-rock keyboardist who's toured with Sarah Slean and Small Sins, among others, and co-founded Major Maker. The wryly titled Pop Music from Bulgarian-born Kobakov offers mostly instrumental music, except for two songs featuring vocals and words written by singers: "Carpe Diem" by Emily Haines (whose Soft Skeleton outfit included Kobakov) and "Loving Hands" by Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio). The latter is a beautiful, understated song. Alone at the piano, Kobakov can achieve a gorgeous understatement or minimalism, but often, almost too often, one begins to think he goes for pretty, frilly romanticism.

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