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Andreas Bertilsson - Paramount [Komplott - 2007]

What Bertilsson gives us with Paramount is a reality bending mix of beautiful recorded envormental sounds, drones, musical momments and odd textural noise and a real feeling of been in side some odd reality.This is Bertilsson’s first work under his own name before he released under the name of Sons of Clay.

Movement I which is subtitled Plains of the Buffalo develops slowly like a surreal dark room picture. With growing low down drones and crackles, which slides into boat on water sounds bird sound and the feeling of growing strangeness, as a deep down drone element is joined by all manner of squealing, bending of wood and general out on a strange sea vibe. Before dropping down into just the drone element once more with strange morphed ship deck rocking and whispered foreign tongued vocals.

Next is Movement II subtitled Riding the beast,  starts with bird song, creepy stop/start organ  before moving into a odd dreamy drone and ring tone state, like your between conscious  and unconscious state. Then  odd ripping or burn tones are added and random jazz like percussion and electronic rips and bends. It’s like watching some bizarre technology beast come to jittering live on a flesh alter, as half dressed dances jerking in grey light past the strange birth.  Lastly we have Movement III Subtitled A mouth to the Flame which starts off with in the distants ritual percussion, tingling &  electronic growls. Before giving birth to a strange waving/ sour tone  that's like watching light slowly flash over the contours of strange several foot long green foetal sack, lined with wires and stunned half human/ half canine eyes.Then the track boils up into a pressing electronic seething storm of hot noise, before drop out into nothingness.

Bertilsson has managed to capture a very vivid and strange audio world, that at times you can almost taste and feel. A very clever, strange and thought out half -an- hour of surreal sound painting, that really does drop you somewhere very odd indeed.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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