Adriaan Swerts is a Belgian-based neo-classical and ambient composer and his debut album One, is majestic and stunning in its minimalism, with piano, violin, harmonium, and various custom-made instruments. Swerts also utilizes nature field recordings which are then degraded via a reel-to-reel machine, thus giving the music a fragmented feel. The music is very solemn and melancholy, spacious and deeply personal, and the twelve compositions are diverse in sound, but all executed wonderfully with everything flowing together cohesively. While the music may initially seem sad, there are also strong feelings of hope and celebration in the mix, and Swerts has crafted a fine album that’s perfect for the winter months.
Piano and Coffee Records