Kantamoinen by Ø (Mika Vainio) was available on Vinyl Double LP & CD but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Staff note from Ant:
Glad to see this beauty back in print on vinyl. A diamond Mika Vaino album - working in sublime ambient mode and sounding not unlike classic Brian Eno at times.
Vinyl Double LP £17.99 BKEDIT013
Re-sequenced 45rpm 2LP on Boomkat Editions / Sahko. Second vinyl edition.
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- Kantamoinen by Ø (Mika Vainio)
The original CD edition of ‘Kantamoinen’ on Sahko is long out of print and was never released on vinyl so this new edition on wax is most welcome. But then maybe this was never pressed on vinyl for good reason? The track sequence has been rejigged for this new vinyl edition - perhaps Sahko couldn’t get it to fill four sides of vinyl in the intended running order? Maybe ambient albums are better suited to CD? I do find it strange messing with an albums running order so it can appear on vinyl. It seems reissuing stuff on CD doesn’t quite do enough to confirm an albums cultural value. I’m not complaining though as I’m well chuffed to get this on wax - a pure classic ambient album from Mika Vainio as Ø circa 2005, where he slipped into ultra chilled ambient mode, displaying the wider scope of his production skills.
Vainio can create delicate floating wispy electronics and sparkling, glittery twinkles as perfectly tooled as his bone rattling slabs of heavyweight sound. Simply put this is a gorgeous album reminding of everything from Brian Eno to Popol Vuh. The leafy image that adorns the sleeve and track titles (translated from Finnish as Shells, Swordfish, Summerland, In Wind, Night Frost etc.) project an earthy organic vibe which most certainly is present -- but I also I often get a different vibe from this record; one of the sonification/ animation of a quantum physics text book.
I’m obliged to add the “this sounds as great as it did eleven years ago” cliché but it’s true. I swear on my mother's life.
One thing that strikes me listening again is just how melancholy some of the tracks on here are; particularly the closing track ‘Kotiin / To Home’ is a right weeper that I can imagine soundtracking a movie scene where an old Mafia boss is laid to rest.
If you never increased your quality life on this doomed planet the first time around then now’s your chance. Highly recommended.
8/10 Jack 3rd July 2016
This is a very minimal, experimental, yet accessible album (there's also a chance that this type of music has really grown on me throughout the years). The theme is slow evolving, quiet exploration of expansive sound, featuring some familiar digital Pan Sonic percussive elements. The frequency range is immense, and as spacey pads glide towards immeasurable universe, so do the sub-bass drops plunge into its depths. Highly recommended for discerning ears - make sure to listen on your best sound system.
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