A MAN who’s made his name and his fortune behind the scenes as one half of the world-bestraddling production dup Jarami, Jacob Olofsson is a name to be reckoned with behind the faders; but he’s stepping out behind a slightly retooled surname these days, entering the placidity and the calm of the modern compositional solo piano.
Whereas by day, as it were, he’s produced – and won a Grammy for producing – heavyweights such as Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson and Diplo, he’s exploring a piano style that’s nostalgic, pure and warming – as you can both hear and see on the pretty accompanying video, courtesy Sevilla-based illustrator Maria Medem.
Jacob says of the animation: “This story is about a young girl who spends her days creating origami birds and paper planes. [Paloma blanca translates from the Spanish as ‘white dove’].
“Her biggest wish is for one of her creations to come to life. Maybe it would … if it was folded just perfectly.
“I have been a big admirer of María Medem’s art and storytelling for a long time so working together on the video for ‘Paloma Blanca’ has been incredible. Her vivid colours and imagery flows seamlessly with the music and makes me believe in magic.”
No less than the great Hannah Peel said on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Late Junction’ that his previous single, “Gyroscope” has “cloud-like piano twirls”.
Both songs are taken from a full Olavson album, due for release early next year on his own 1136 Diamond imprint.