Boomkat Product Review:
If you've been looking for something evocative, timelessly special, a home-listening masterpiece to fall in love with - read on. Swod is the recording project of oliver doerell and stephan wohrmann, two accomplished musicians who met in Berlin sometime in 1991. Oliver plays guitar, bass and all manner of electronics - he is also a long-time family member of City Centre Offices having recorded an album and an EP under the “Dictaphone” moniker in between composing and performing musical pieces for theatre, installations and film over the last few years. Stephan plays piano and drums, arranging an almost neo-classical structure within a recording that already sounds ghostly and cinematic. Translated as ‘go’, “gehen” represents a labour of love from two musicians experienced in the art of seductive and evocative music making. Having first worked together producing live soundtracks to silent movies, oliver and stephan tread a delicate board of crystalline piano cascades and the sort of subtle electronic tinkering you can barely recognise or absorb in one sitting. It’s fitting that the pair are so used to tailor-making their harmonious shards of sound to moving imagery, “gehen” evokes a plethora of half forgotten films and life experiences offered up in glimpses in the back of your mind. If you can imagine a sitting specially programmed by film directors Théo Angelopoulos or Krzysztof Kieslowski, or the music of eric satie, ryuchi sakamoto or keith jarret’s “koln concert”, you’ll have some idea of what to expect. This is a breathtakingly beautiful album, ignoring generic stereotypes and restraints and opting, instead, for a life-changing, rich, and heart-stopping collection of some of the most evocative soundtrack pieces ever written. Sublime music.