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Swod Sekunden

  • Words: Josiah Hughes
  • Label: City Centre Offices
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

Sekunden is the second Swod album from longtime Berlin collaborators Oliver Doerell and Stephan Wöhrmann, but it has the depth and maturity of a 10th release. Working with shards of piano and bass alongside minimal electronics and disjointed field recordings, Swod deconstructs melodies to their bare essentials. Opener “Montauk” builds a collage from piano and bass loops, while “Ja” lets drawn-out chords and found sounds guide its ascent. Elsewhere, “Belgien” is an emotional neoclassical composition, while album closer “Paintage” allows enough drums and static to end on a (minimally) louder note. Comprised of complex pieces with a decidedly limited palette, Swod’s Sekunden is a masterful, moving work.

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