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8/10 Brian Staff review, 02 June 2011
I really dig the woodblock-style prints over the sleeve of this record, giving an organic perspective to pictures both pastoral and urban. The music contained isn't particularly pastoral by any stretch however. This seems like an industrial-tinged noise/sound-art album to begin on the opening track but a wholly intriguing diverse nature is yet to be unearthed. 'Santa Teresa' is an atmosphere drenched piece forged from clattering echo-laden percussion and a warm monotone acoustic bass pulse with emissions emanating from a bass clarinet mingling with much fizzing electronic wonderment and a dub-like sensibility underpinning the whole implicit jazziness of the recording. Onto side two and the dub/free-jazz/cosmic noise alliance get even more frisky with each other, in a slow, tumbling, yawning fashion. The production on this record is pretty darn impressive and even though there's little in the way of any consistent rhythms there is a glorious FEEL to this record that is brooding and very alive, full of wonder and space with arcing, ricocheting sound firing off at all angles. This 'Des Abends' track is extremely dense and involving. I urge you to get in there. 'Hohtokivi', however, is built around a relentless thick central pulse of mid frequency stuttering fuzz from the hands of noisy ex-Pan Sonic fucker Vainio. That tune has just hurt my ears and I'm in a sulk. I'd say proceed with caution. I'll skirt around the second disc, more dubby adventurous, smoky jazz with sax and clarinet spitting at each other and the reverberation off that wonderful acoustic bass continuing to thrill me to the very core. If you require a bit of a dance after all this deep chin-stroking madness then the chunky Autechre-like rhythms of 'Louhos' may just tear you a new hole. Even with the processed skronk that flutters across the surface this is a commanding slice of tuff-assed forward-thinking electronica that morphs into a crescendo of industrial jazz - every old IDM shagger needs to get their lugs round this. Largely excellent, occasionally erm...challenging, always interesting.
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