A metamorphose from beat-orientation to grassy knolls of ambient delight. That is a sentence that can be written for Big End and Shielding — a two-way street of the same project — different approach. Simon Olsson from Sweden have been creating various techno and ambient progeny, sometimes as a unit where he shapes Big End / Shielding under the same guise, oftentimes he just separates the two and create what he prefers, never restricted within the confinements of what techno and ambient are supposed to be, but with a clear vision he separates his visuals from ultraviolet to black and white. Both of the alter-egos influence one another so at times they become inseparable at least to the listener. Pretty much every theme, at least title-wise—have an existential question embedded into it—which doesn’t move away from the depressive notion of daily life. His music is not a cybernetic fortress but rather a human-like enterprise which makes the music easier to relate to.
This is the first time we’ve ever dealt with him. Which makes this moment even more special, as it, after all is a part of Ljudkalendern and the 3rd of December. His music channels the need for something calmer, but at the same time rather unique but complex pattern which he follows when he creates music. Everything seems to be delicate, in order and focused—the sharpness can sting like a needle. So instead of choosing the more beat-oriented side of Simon Olsson’s alter-ego, this was an easy choice which sparked our interest in ambient anew. Parts of it remind you about sound-manipulation but without those pesky R&B-samples or other shenanigans. It’s like pure ice hitting silken and making a path down the steep hill of clothesville—but without any thought on being pretentious. We’ve composed a poem for this occasion, too. You can read it down below.
“Frosted windows make bad weather,
take us to winter’s meadow
Icy patterns move out,
the chessboard of purity is shattered”
This is 3rd of December and now we’re in the Hinterlands. Tomorrow a new track will be released and the temperature will be down below zero. But until then, enjoy the exclusive song “No Ice” by Shielding, on Repartiseraren.