PADDINGTON DC – U and UN (albums review)

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Watch out: This tune is from PDC album “Från Hat Till Handling” not from the U, UN, UNIT, UNITE, UNITED albums serie.

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There is this guy. His name is Calle Olsson. He is mostly known as a member of the Bear Quartet, even if he works with numbers of great Swedish artists/bands (such as Fireside or Hello Saferide).

Mister Olsson has also a solo electro project called Paddington Distortion Combo. Some say Paddington DC. Others say “PDC”. But most of people say nothing cause they just never heard about it. A shame. It has been running for many years. And I have actually mentioned it in this blog like hundreds of times. Love is leukemia was even my favourite album of 2008.

Since Calle is also “the guy who sings in PAPER” which just released a crazy album that I mentioned in my last post, I guess time has come for a little U and UN reviews. Well, maybe not “reviews” per se. It is hard to review those sonic UFOs. Let’s just say I give you a hint about them.

So, in 2015, PDC released two albums: U and UN. He has actually already cooked three albums before, called UNIT, UNITE and UNITED. So I guess there is something “conceptual” behind this project. More important – at least, for those of you who already know PDC – there are big big differences between his first releases and his latest ones. I mean his debut The Sun is down and the sky is grey was nearly a “pop” album (kind of noisy though). U and UN are not. We can describe them as two obscure electro records with obsessive loops and no lyrics. Not very mainstream if you know what I mean. Probably a little bit weirdo if you are used to listen to the radio. But weirdo with attitude. With a point of view. Kind of Twin Peaks meeting LCD Soundsystem. Electro art. Or something like that. I don’t know. I guess one could say PDC gives machines a soul.

If you cannot picture what I am babbling, just listen to the tunes Kinder Kraus (from UN) and Mute Ants (from U) featured in this post. Or listen to the whole albums through Spotify. In three words : beep, krrrrr, zzdfrt.

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