Charlotte Brandi began working on her solo debut in 2015 whilst nursing a broken foot on her parents’ sofa. “The Magician” is an absolutely stunning album, uncompromising to a fault: the quality of the arrangements is sensational, underpinned by lush instrumentation and elaborate sounds. The piano is at the heart of everything. There was a piano in the family’s living room in Dortmund, the town where Charlotte Brandi was born and grew up. When she moved to Cologne, then Tübingen and ultimately Berlin, the piano stayed behind. She has found an old, restored piano for her apartment, an instrument with a history of its own, now helping her to tell her story as she finds her way back to her fundamental, innate language.