It is a shame this record is limited in edition. It is a perfect album. Although it's in the ambient category, it is best when listened to on purpose. It's truly inspiring. The other reviews mention the details about it, I just want to stress on how amazing it is and peaceful yet cathartic. Get it.
Over the thick textures of organic pads, low rumbling of a record player, and conscious tended piano notes, Thomasz Bednarczyk builds ten pieces of ambient fragments, all as elusive as they are persistent. Field recordings of uncommon spaces and public places occasionally poke through the background, only to recede again. The miniature compositions on the album are meticulously sculpted and then repeated to let you fully bathe and soak in the sound. The track, "Autumn", comes in with a driving bass at its base of constant harmonic soundscapes, while "The Sketch", incorporates processed piano chords, gently glitching through the crumbled vinyl clicks, until a few intricate phrases sweep over the field recordings (provided by Sawako), and then fade away. Let's Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow is Bednarczyk's third full-length album. His previous two releases, Summer Feelings (2008) and Painting Sky Together (2009) were both released on Lawrence English's Room40 label. The album is split into two sections: "The first half of the album floats like a pellucid veil: higher frequency whispers, surface noise and glassy textures create light, calm drones, and noticeable bass tones aren’t heard for nearly 20 minutes... The listener is then presented with the final four pieces, which descend into deeper territory. Darkness and murky frequencies prevail, and the surfaces become more distressed and stormy, finally submerging to 'Night', which closes the album with its languid, sleepy bass loop that lulls away to silence." Once again, a winner for 12k!
Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow is the second full length album by Poland-based Tomasz Bednarczyk on the lovely 12k label. 12k is renown for their consistently excellent releases in minimally-styled ambient music.
A tiny bit similar to Pillowdiver’s wonderful debut album entitled Sleeping Pills, however with this, there’s less use of guitar and more use of high frequency noise and light, ambient-backed textures that accompany its hazy atmospheric counterpart. In fact, there’s only one song that incorporates the guitar, and that is the opener to the record entitled “While.”
While the first half of the record is almost exclusively comprised of light and fluffy ambient noise, the album takes on a slightly more darker flavored tone beginning with track 05, “Autumn.” It can be said that this track almost serves as a turning point: going from mainly higher frequency padded material to a bassy Tim Hecker-like (slightly) song, and then to a door which opens to a set of foggier tracks that ultimately comprise the latter half of this album.
The last six songs is where this album really shines for me. Right after “Autumn,” we are greeted with a bit of a piano solo backed with field recordings. Track 07, “Kyoto” is punctuated with light fizzles and pops alongside a murky ambient piece. Tracks eight and nine are very, very minimal pieces, almost to the point of being something like ambient/noise act Belong would create.
In fact, I think these two tracks are my favorite on the album just for this reason. They have a sort of an icy feeling to them – especially track 08 (“So”), like standing in a blizzard where most other sounds that are characteristic of such a thing are muted; save the wind – which is tuned down to a smaller, more easily digestible degree, recorded, and captured within this song. This is “listening” music.
Also, whether or not you like this particular release, I highly recommend checking out the rest of the artists on the 12k label if you’re into “minimal ambient” music as a whole. 12k is a small but fantastic label that have a roster of excellent artists and put out consistently fabulous records with quite nice looking CD packaging. I ordered Solo Andata’s self-titled album through the label’s website and came away really impressed with its look and feel.