It’s been a few weeks since we first laid ears on Josh Gaffney’s new album Still, but for that entire time, we haven’t stopped listening. The album is a boundless collection of neo-classical gems, and we guarantee that once you dive in, you’ll never want to leave.
So, fresh off the release of the new album, we caught up with Gaffney for a playlist of incredible tracks from within the neo-classical genre.
With an incredible new album fresh under his belt, Newcastle artist Josh Gaffney shares a playlist of his favourite neo-classical tracks.
Ólafur Arnalds – Near Light
My highlight track from Ólafur Arnald’s album Living Room Songs. This song was on countless repeat the first time I heard it. Something about it tapped into some deep feelings. Beautiful blend of piano with a subtle electronic influence. Beautiful song you don’t want to end.
Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window
This particular song is what inspired me to write Still. Something about this track stirs up some pretty powerful emotions. It is gorgeous, yet lonely and sad. A perfect blend of piano and minimalist ambient soundscapes.
Hanz Zimmer – First Step
Hanz Zimmer has been the greatest influence to my music. He has an unmistakable ‘sound’ that I’ve always been drawn to. The soundtrack to Interstellar blew me away long before I saw the movie. Each score evokes the infinity of space and the eerie feeling of drifting. This particular track inspired many tracks from Still.
Nils Frahm – Some
Nils Frahm is a classically trained pianist, but this album shows how beautiful stripped back, non-technical piano pieces can be. I love that you can hear the sounds of the hammers of the piano, creaking of the chair it’s as if you are in the same room as Nils.
Goldmund – Threnody
I came across this artist by chance – or the magic of Spotify’s algorithms. I’ve been hooked since. This track is cozy, intimate and personal as if he was playing directly to you. Very melancholic and hauntingly beautiful.
Still is available now. Listen here.