Scattered on the Wind
With this, her seventh album, Sydney pianist-composer Sophie Hutchings consolidates her reputation as a musician of vision and gentle poetry. A collection of new compositions and reupholstered versions of works that had been tucked away on a hard drive, Scattered on the Wind offers pieces that explore the idea of trusting in fate. This is music that wraps itself around you like a warm embrace—Hutchings’ melodies feel comforting and familiar, yet they also shine light onto new and unexpected vistas. The two-part title track is reflective, with moments of intense light emerging from the flow of sound. Like everything here, it feels reassuringly organic, a reflection of Hutchings’ love of, and connection with, the Australian landscape.