This release is a book, an album, and a whole multimedia memorial to the wonderful late Mika Vainio. M.T.V. 15.05.63 - 12.04.2017 features exclusive family photographs, writings by Mika’s collaborators, a discography, Mika’s Wire Invisible Jukebox in full, and a CD of unreleased Pansonic live recordings. All housed in a hardback book, from Blast First Petite.
This Dutch radio recording offers a rare chance to hear the Yorkshire folkie onstage in the early years of his career. Accompanied only by bassist Rick Kemp, the singer / guitarist performs loose and laid-back takes on tracks from his then-current albums on the Harvest label. Both CD and red vinyl versions include a download of the entire rambling 90-minute set.
A dense, sad and strange neo-folk record from Eagle/Deer. Summer of Sepia is a collection of American folk music driven by Sara Charles solo banjo and guitar playing and delicate vocals. Her haunting mountain tales and multi-instrumentalism bring to mind Sufjan Stevens, and this vinyl LP is available on Blast First Petite.
This right here represents the final recordings of Finnish heavyweights Pan Sonic! Suitably for a group with such a brutalist sound, they were commissioned to soundtrack a documentary about building a nuclear power plant: construction recordings are integrated into Vainio and Vaisanen’s harsh digital structures, with award-winning results! Atomin Paluu is out on Blast First Petite.
Suicide synth-hero Martin Rev treated the world to this solo album back in 2009. And you might be surprised by how it sounds: none of that Suicide pummel here. Instead, Stigmata is a set of seemingly religiously-inspired pieces for synthetic orchestra: the sound of some strange future space-church perhaps? This curious work is reissued on Blast First Petite.
Improv folk artist Michael Chapman comes through with another of his free form releases, this one following-up the resilient 'Pachyderm', which relied on one steady chord to create a minimal ambient landscape. 'The Polar Bear' brings in flourishes on other acoustic instruments such as piano and cello, while still maintaing Chapman's sparse guitar overtones.
Nisennenmondai are an excellent example of what can be achieved with inhuman levels of focus. This Japanese trio strip the ‘rock band’ format down to its minimum elements (I’m pretty sure drummer Sayaka has no more than three pieces to her kit), and are religiously repetitive in building up and then sticking to rhythms. N is danceable and thrilling.
In 2013 the late Finnish mainstay Mika Vainio cropped up on Blast First Petite (Pan Sonic, Blood Sport) with the sort of casual masterpiece he made look routine. Kilo was as dense, dank and downright dark as anything Vainio had previously conjured up in his long and distinguished career. The blend of black-hearted electronics and hissing ambiences here are pretty close to Prurient.