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Two Abstract Paintings
[deleted] Two Abstract Paintings is the third full-length album by Berlin-based Son Of Clay (Andreas Bertilsson). Belonging to the "southern" Swedish electronica scene, associated with names such as Andreas Tilliander, Hans Appelqvist and the Komplott label, Bertilsson's artistic work and musical production reveals a profound interest in the morphology of sound. Bertilsson blends traditional musique concrète brush-strokes with liberal use of clicks 'n cuts, minimalism and isolationism and has been compared to electronica giants such as Fennesz and Oval as well as the synth-driven Talk Talk. The album consists of a 46-minute piece divided into two parts. The piece is a poetic soundscape, carefully constructed of microscopic found-sounds comprised of dry leaves, bits of wood, paper and dust -- things that can hardly be called things, mere particles of matter, most of them on the verge of falling apart. Bertilsson transforms matter into material, treating each of his recordings with utmost care and minutely crafting them into a vibrant mesh -- a still-life that is by no means still, an anthology of very small things that is alive with crackling, sparkling, shimmering beauty. As a visual counterpoint, the booklet holds a collection of twenty black and white photograms, portraits of the very same bits and pieces that the music is made of -- twenty individual bits of dust, singled out against nothingness, their shadows frozen into paper by means of 0.8 seconds of light.