(2015 Album Review) Akpatok- Two Winters, Two Springs

Dawid Adrjanczyk is a composer from Poland whose work focuses on deep-listening and free-improvisation in the context of electro-acoustic sounds. The second release from his project Akpatok, Two Winters, Two Springs, recorded for Low Clouds Records in 2015, shows him a patient explorer of overtones, with hurdy-gurdy, bells, and gongs as the tools. In his own words, the pieces here embark towards a total minimalism; as a composer his intention was to create an organic meditation on the physical phenomena of sound. This approach mirrors the aesthetic affect of the sounds themselves, which are far-flung from the mechanized din of civilization and look to the world in the absence of humankind for inspiration. A flock of geese sailing above a snow-blanketed valley, the wind sighing through the long grass: these are the atmospheres Adrjanczyk wants to evoke. Totally lovely and absorbing music– put an ear to the ground and surrender to the journey.

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