French pianist/composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch returns with the stunning Epoque, her sophomore album for FatCat's pioneering 130701 imprint. Witnessing an increased assurance and dynamism in both Emilie's playing and composing, Epoques marks a big step forward for the London-based artist. It's a bold and adventurous LP that alternates between passages of emotive, sinuous solo piano and stirring compositions for viola and cello. Losing some of the chill of her 2015 debut, Epoques' sound is both warmer and more emotively grounded. With a more coherent narrative drive, it retains the former's gentility and intricacy. Thematically, the title refers to "the constant, deeper changes that we go through as human beings, on a societal, natural and personal level, which even though they can be devastatingly painful, we need to accept and embrace." The term 'Anthropocene' (denoting the current geological age - a period in which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and environment) was discussed a lot when Emilie began thinking about making the record.