Tomasz Bednarczyk: Illustrations For Those Who (Room40, 2018)

June 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tomasz Bednarczyk: Illustrations For Those Who

A few years ago, Tomasz Bednarczyk released an ambient album on Room40 under the name New Rome that I really enjoyed, and I was kind of astonished that nobody seemed to talk about it. I’m not sure if there’s a difference between New Rome and Bednarczyk’s material under his own name, but this is along the same lines as the New Rome album I heard, and it’s similarly fantastic. These pieces usually aren’t too long, and they all seem to suspend a certain moment at a specific location in time; titles like “Botanical Garden” and “Rainy Drive” (which samples rainfall and somehow manages to make it sound almost shoegazey) make it clear what’s going on. Although, “Sunny Ambient” is maybe a bit cloudier than you might expect. Still, it’s all relaxing and enjoyable; he gets a lot of mileage out of limited sets of grainy loops. Perhaps the best track is “Sunday”, a short piece which captures the gloominess of an uneventful weekend and makes it sound lovely.

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