Boomkat Product Review:
Newcomer Tomasz Bednarczyk makes quite an entrance on Summer Feelings - a travelogue release of sorts, setting out to document the memories of holidays past. Benarczyk is very much an ambient composer in the classic mold, writing melodic soundscapes that strive to express emotional resonance rather than literally document a sense of location via field recordings and other more literal devices. On pieces like 'I See You', Bednarczyk sculpts the kind of material you might hear on a classic Harold Budd or Brian Eno album; it's a composition loaded with subtle melodic exchanges and instantly evocative, ethereal piano tones. The album alternates between these sorts of plaintive, wistful compositions and a slightly more worn out, decayed aesthetic, aligned with the faded loops of William Basinski's Melancholia or Variations: A Movement In Chrome Primitive, as best exemplified by the beautiful 'Adeline Yen Mah', which combines synth, piano and a deep wax cylinder-style crackle. It's good to hear the Room40 label making such a successful departure from the electroacoustic music and microsound that tends to dominate its release schedule. As great as all that stuff is, Tomasz Bednarczyk takes an angle on electronic music that's at once refreshing in its unapologetic use of melody and classic in its pedigree. Very highly recommended.