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LP on Cosmo Rhythmatic. Edition of 500 copies, mastered and cut by Matt Colton.
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Angel - the duo of Ilpo Väisänen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) have become die Angel on this, their eighth album, and first for Shapednoise’s Cosmo Rhythmatic imprint. Previous albums via Oral, Important Records and Editions Mego have seen them collaborate with Hildur Guðnadóttir and Strings Of Consciousness. On this occasion, the restless Oren Ambarchi joins in on a couple tracks for an album dedicated to the late genius Mika Vainio.
The chewy, elastic, gristle of opening cut ‘Roha’ feels like it’s pondering - in one sense mirroring the lack of order or predictability in “entropy” or the Finnish word “Entropien”. It also mirrors entropy in the physics sense i.e “unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system”. Both of these qualities are inherent throughout the record - each track is unpredictable, yet flows in a very natural way. The doom guitar and liquid squelching electronics of ‘Kkat’ that follow ‘Terminen Kevat’ for example are entirely unexpected, yet make perfect sense. Electronics, drums, electric guitar and field recordings are all mutated and subjected to lashings of f/x, plunging the listener into peculiar spaces, where we’re never really sure where we are. One moment it could be a particle of water inside the pipe image on the sleeve, the next a proton inside a hadron collider or some part of the subatomic world. The closing twenty or so minutes of 'Entropia North' and 'Entropia South' are particularly satisfying, with an intensity that's like being in an electrical storm - except underwater.
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