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Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow is the second full length album by Poland-based Tomasz Bednarczyk on the lovely 12k label. 12k is renown for their consistently excellent releases in minimally-styled ambient music.

A tiny bit similar to Pillowdiver’s wonderful debut album entitled Sleeping Pills, however with this, there’s less use of guitar and more use of high frequency noise and light, ambient-backed textures that accompany its hazy atmospheric counterpart. In fact, there’s only one song that incorporates the guitar, and that is the opener to the record entitled “While.”

While the first half of the record is almost exclusively comprised of light and fluffy ambient noise, the album takes on a slightly more darker flavored tone beginning with track 05, “Autumn.” It can be said that this track almost serves as a turning point: going from mainly higher frequency padded material to a bassy Tim Hecker-like (slightly) song, and then to a door which opens to a set of foggier tracks that ultimately comprise the latter half of this album.

The last six songs is where this album really shines for me. Right after “Autumn,” we are greeted with a bit of a piano solo backed with field recordings. Track 07, “Kyoto” is punctuated with light fizzles and pops alongside a murky ambient piece. Tracks eight and nine are very, very minimal pieces, almost to the point of being something like ambient/noise act Belong would create.

In fact, I think these two tracks are my favorite on the album just for this reason. They have a sort of an icy feeling to them – especially track 08 (“So”), like standing in a blizzard where most other sounds that are characteristic of such a thing are muted; save the wind – which is tuned down to a smaller, more easily digestible degree, recorded, and captured within this song. This is “listening” music.

Recommended!

Also, whether or not you like this particular release, I highly recommend checking out the rest of the artists on the 12k label if you’re into “minimal ambient” music as a whole. 12k is a small but fantastic label that have a roster of excellent artists and put out consistently fabulous records with quite nice looking CD packaging. I ordered Solo Andata’s self-titled album through the label’s website and came away really impressed with its look and feel.

For more information, check out:

Last.fm

Discogs

12k

Buy this release through the label’s webshop.

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Meet Solo Andata, an Australian-based duo who created a masterpiece of a self-titled record released on the label 12k last month. Taylor Deupree‘s 12k imprint label, based in New York, remains one of the best out there for modern experimental music.

Texturally alluring, Solo Andata has a glacially minimalistic and cold approach to music creation. In a way, it’s a bit like Stars of the Lid, but with more “metallic”-feeling elements, like standing alone in a chilly and dark room on cold concrete, or taking advantage of a heavy snowfall by making snow angels in the front yard.

Solo Andata’s self-titled record contains the sounds of the wind rippling through a harsh blizzard, the water from the dripping faucet resigning itself to being frozen to a later, warmer time, as tinted and distant vocals come and go while the slow and quiet act of aural asphyxiation takes place.

And just like Stars of the Lid, the duo applies the cello in sparse quantities, with a controlled reservation that I can appreciate pretty nicely. It is not often that I can declare something to be album of the year material, but I am going to nod my head to this release as being just that.

Initially I wanted to upload the first song out of the album (“Ablation”) to Youtube for listening, because it incorporated the cello and so much more in a relaxed atmosphere, but it surpassed the ten minute rule for uploaded material.

Highly recommended.

For more information, check out the following resources:

Last.fm

Discogs

MySpace

If you like what you hear, purchase it at:

12k Webshop

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Sleeping Pills is an album created by René Margraff, released on New York-based label 12k (home to Goem, Motion, and various others).

Making relaxed use of a guitar, each of the nine tracks on the album drive the album forward by employing a relaxed, calming melody over a background influenced by the mellow-ier side of post-rock; dynamic ambience provided by field recording, married with the occasional, minimal use of a synthesizer. Echos seem to be the most used effect, being applied throughout the record.

Pillowdiver was started last year. Be sure to listen to Two on his MySpace profile listed below.

For more information:

Last.fm

Discogs

MySpace

Support the artist, buy this at:

Boomkat (£5.99 / $10 USD)

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