2015 TPM Awards: Best Keys


I have an obsession with all sorts of keyboard styles, and last year saw some great performances.  I tend to focus less on style and more on what stuck with me.  Here are my top ten favorite keyboard performances of 2015.

FYI: I decided against including pictures of each person out of respect for them and also copyright situations.

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10. Patric Farrell – Built for the Future – “Chasing Light”

Lighthearted fare, for sure, but the synth solos are massive.

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9. Andreas Hack – “Pieces”

Dark waves of keys pouring out of every crevice.

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8. Emily Pothast/David Golightly – Midday Veil – “This Wilderness”

Otherworldly and spacey goodness.

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7. Marek Arnold – Toxic Smile – “Farewell”

Amazing composition, especially in the instrumentals.

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6. Stephen Speelman – Unified Past – “Shifting the Equilibrium”

Strong keys and synth solos, even though I’m not a fan of the album.

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5. Jim Johnston – Comedy of Errors – “Spirit”

An almost spiritual style of keys that just keep washing over your brain.

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4. Michal Lapaj – Riverside – “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”

Evocative and concise composition.

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3. Loki – Nordic Giants – “A Seance of Dark Delusions”

Barely describable, but certainly not of this dimension.

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2. Tobias Geberth/Marcel Sollorz – Osta Love – “The Isle of Dogs”

Audible pictures painted on our minds.

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1. Frank Sacramone – Earthside – “A Dream in Static”

Sheer brilliance that keeps up with the heaviness of the album.

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