Saturday, 24 July 2010

Uusitalo - Vapaa Muurari Live (Finland, 2000)

"This album of [Vladislav] Delay's (here going by alias Uusitalo) is a reinterpretation of previous work, in a "live" format. One of the interesting things about this album is that it's not just a set of remixes, but music that is a refreshing and yet logical outgrowth of his work to date.The pieces themselves carry recognizeable passages from his previous compositions, though the album as a whole ebbs and flows in and out of new ideas and older textures, constructing a kind of unfolded imaginary narrative. Tones and textures meld into rhythms, and back, but with a consistent dream-like sensibility. The rhythmic structures of Vapaa Muurari/Live certainly make this one of Delay's more accessible works, but no problem: it's nice to see the versatility of Delay's ideas. Those looking to get interested in this Finnish artist's work will find this album a good place to start; Vapaa Muurari/Live should pave the way for the more complex and conceptually deeper soundscapes of Multila (on Chain Reaction) and Entain (Mille Plateaux). Those already familiar with Delay will find this work a satisfying addition to his/her own collection." (via)

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