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- Heijastuva by Ø (Mika Vainio)
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Shit yeah! Always makes me happy when a new record from Mika Vainio drops. He's one of those artists that you sorta know what you're gonna get but then really you don't as he does traverse a few styles but it is pretty much guaranteed to be decent, well at least in my eyes (ears?). Initially I though this was an EP of new tracks...I mean I struggle with track names a lot these days so remembering Finnish language words is beyond my depleting brain capacity. And so as far as I can tell 'Heijastuva' is new and comprises the entire first side. A wonderful subtle and slowly developing piece which as it grows becomes most magical indeed. It sounds like a loop being gently manipulated with skill with nuanced transformation but really it's not all that minimal (well probably to my mam it is). This track is apparently "Vainio's implementation of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's guitar feedback experiments from 70's". It could be derived from samples of Kermit the frog banging Miss Piggy for all I care - the results are no less gorgeous. I can't tell you how long this track is as I appear to have lost all sense of time which is a thing of joy when getting lost in sound. The three tracks on the underside of the wax are 'Anksiolyytti' which appeared on the 'Tetra' CD. This one is a spacious and eerie slowly decaying minimal bleep/tonal composition. 'Einsimmainen' which was on the excellent and now OOP (I think) 'Kantamoinen' CD and is a short but sweet little spooky, celestial ambient interlude. Finally 'Hikari' was a bonus track on the Japanese CD release of the 'Oleva' album and consists of reduced saddened micro-tones that twinkle away into the ether. Reccommended for any Vainio/Sahko fan.
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