I can’t say that I’m overly familiar with the work of Tomasz Bednarczyk, having only encountered his work on a previous ROOM 40 release, Summer Feelings, that I reviewed some time back. Painting Sky Together is an intimately worked distant cousin to that piece, having one foot in the school of minimalism showcased on early 12k releases, and another in a more exploratory, developmental approach, that will no doubt sow the seeds for something more unique. Bednarczyk, hailing from Poland injects his work with a delicacy, and pace that perfectly suits the neo-minimalist artists currently operating in a scene replete with burgeoning talent. Like a well-aged wine, Painting The Sky together for me, improves the longer it goes on. Opening as it does with two fairly standard, but capably handled pieces, Your Whiteness and Freckled Cheeks, I am instantly reminded of Sawako. As we continue, and the pieces become more experimental, and more inventive, so does its creator reveal more originality and a playfulness, particularly when the original instrumentation is more fractured and distorted as on Tokyo, or So Fragile.
This technique maintains a connection with the source material, but yields wildly varying results, and here we see Bednarczyk at his best..obviously enjoying the experimentations and explorations, injecting the central themes with fragments of field recording, resulting in a work that is oftentimes hypnotic, and completely engaging, occasionally with moments of rare, and perhaps unplanned beauty. This is a worthy addition to Room 40’s now prestigious and eclectic catalogue, and I were a betting man, I would say that Bednarczyk is destined for longevity in a scene that thrives on novelty..remember where you heard it first. BGN