The beautiful, intimate and homespun piano of Homes marks Shida's debut release from this young Swedish / Iranian pianist / composer, and the fourth in a row of new albums by female-fronted artists released on 130701 this year. In terms of influences, Shida cites the lyricism and rich harmonies of 19th Century Romantic composers like Chopin, Schumann and Debussy. Other ballpark reference points might include Erik Satie, Goldmund, Nils Frahm, Dustin O'Halloran, Aphex Twin's Druqks album, and Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegue Maryam Guebrou. Shida signed to 130701 in February, after the label were floored by the beauty of her recordings. In the wake of the success of the likes of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Johann Johannssonn, etc there has been anabsolute glut of pianists emerging over the past five to ten years. From start to finish, there's a sense of honesty and humble warmth seeping through every note. Revealing a wonderfully fluid sense of touch and melody, it is simply beautiful, warm, homely music with a big heart.