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Back at it with the sound art, constantly pushing the boundaries of music creation. Cucina Povera (originally from Finland, hence talks/sings in Finnish occasionally), is a Glasgow-based sound artist and Hilja is her latest release. If you're familiar with ASMR, you'll get that tingly hit straight to the back of your neck as soon as she opens her mouth. Available on vinyl LP and released on Night School. First press is limited to 300 copies, and contain hand-screened sleeves. 

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Hilja by Cucina Povera
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7/10 Benn Staff review, 25 January 2018

I once referred to this as 'sound art'. Will I be referring to it after I have listened to the record all the way through? We shall see. The record starts with the track 'Demetra' and it really is just a collection of soothing and soft vocal noises over, well, soothing and soft music. The rest of the record pretty much follows suit. It can almost be described as what Finland sounds like. Or what I imagine it to sound like. Maria Rossi breathes life into very simplistic, airy and brain melting tracks. Quite literally. The detail that has been paid to the sound of every one of her vocal noises is mesmerising. 

As mentioned in my description, if you're familiar with ASMR you could pretty much use this record as your nightly dose of the good stuff. Whether you're planning on having a relaxing night in smoking some tobacco from your tobacco grinder or whether you do actually want to fall asleep, listen to this. It can go one of two ways. If you're in the mood for appreciating genuine art then you'll probably find this record really interesting and intriguing - as I did - or you'll just find it super boring and turn it off.

Track three, 'Avainsana', is arguably one of the most relaxing and earthing songs I have ever heard. You feel as if you're walking in a snow covered forest in the middle of nowhere. Think white, blue and a hint of mellow yellow from the eerie sunset in the distance. 

About two thirds of the way through the record I did something quite unorthodox. I messed around with the pitch and speed. If your record player allows you to do this, give it a go. It gives a whole new dimension to the record. I know I shouldn't. But I did. And it was kinda' cool. 

Anyway, back to the official record and how it should be played. The use of water is something of a magical experience. There is something so relaxing about the trickle of water and this record has managed to capture that perfectly. 'Mesikaammenen Veisu' is the fifth track on the record, and it genuinely feels like a turning point on the album. You've found water, and that walk through the snow covered forest you're on is starting to pick up. You're no longer thirsty and you're mind feels refreshed. You make a plan, and as the last few tracks on the record show, you're in a far more determined mood to find your way out of the snowy maze of trees. 

Show the record the respect it deserves and you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Don't, and you'll find it boring. That is the bottom line. A good record and one that will be coming home with me. I'll probably use it to fall asleep. Ahhh, sleep. Slee...'...zzzz'. 



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