Teo Salfinger – ‘Petite Dances’


Delivering a range of emotions, from radiant beauty to cinematic melancholy, Petite Dances is the third album from Teo Salfinger. The Leipzig, Germany-based composer delights with his neo-classical aesthetic, infusing touching piano arrangements and string-forward swells alike.

“Sleep” exudes an aptly serene quality, lulling with gentle piano trickles. The corresponding layers produce a gentle embrace, gearing seamlessly into the more frolicking “Spin.” Here, a radiant piano chiming flows within a steady backing pulsation. A lush series of brief pauses, around the two-minute turn, furthers the momentum. Thereafter, the majestic strings on “Rise” invoke a deeply emotional sound. The first three tracks on Petite Dances showcase the artist’s range, from the opener’s understated calmness to the rousing, string-forward fervency of “Rise.”

The remainder of Petite Dances continues the captivation. “Shine” shows a palpable mystique, as slight piano pulses find relatively eerie accompaniments via strings — sounding fit for a dark fairy tale. This traverses into the stirring finale; “Poise” struts a wintry elegance in its concise piano touches, concluding the ravishing Petite Dances with a gorgeously subtle charm. Teo Salfinger thoroughly impresses with this engrossing, abundant in warmth and atmospheric immersion.

“Glow” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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