Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay) has been producing and performing electronic music for over twenty years, with as many album releases under well-worn monikers including Luomo, Sistol, Uusitalo and Conoco. Earlier this year, Ripatti was denied a visa to the US, which promptly put an end to several planned concerts. This did, however, open up a window of two weeks in his calendar to head back to his studio and create something new. Taking the opportunity, Ripatti describes this as a moment in which “a valve broke open… and I collected what came out the pipes.”
Ripatti used the free time to take his first step back into ambient electronica production for well over a decade. The sound of the album itself is warm and extremely textured, endlessly looping clips and unstructured patterns intertwine and reemerge in different shapes and guises. Using a large assembly of elements from industrial machine signatures to organic melodies, the album has a richness that is immediately appreciable. The third track “Viisari” draws a long bath that intermittently changes tone and maintains attention long after the first hue of sound ends. In Vihollinen you can hear a broader range of analogue instruments and carefully orchestrated samples that define Ripatti’s earlier ambient releases, softer and nostalgic, soporific and spaced, with occasional bursts and clattering of instrumentation.
Designed to be listened to at high volume and to explored in rich detail, Visa develops a large sonic expanse that sets the scene for a refreshing nod to the past from one of Finland’s most revered producers. Ben Romberg
NB: You can stay abreast of Ben’s thoughts and various music-related projects via his Twitter and Tumblr accounts.
Genre: Electronica / Sound-design
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Release date: 10th November
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