With a plethora of awards backing her up — including being named a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts — Kimberly Hou is hitting the ground running with her debut instrumental piano EP Opus One.
The collection features four songs rich with harmony and swerving with emotion. About the record, Hou stated that it was created from “reminiscing about moments of beauty, wonder, and loss — yet emerging ever stronger, cherishing life and loved ones even more from the present moment onwards.”
You can hear this strengthening within the songs. Where “Field of Memories” brings you in with a gentle trickle of melody and a melancholy underpinning, “Dancing in Time” twirls on the line between heavy and lively. After dipping down, the joy always re-emerges here. This is repeated on “For My Love”, which holds a more wistful space but still allows lightness to overcome.
It is on “Reflections” that the most emotion is lifted from the seams. Anxiety prickles beneath a steadier rhythm while the hook of the melody lingers. The longest track on the EP, “Reflections” holds a pivotal space of growth that lingers through Opus One.