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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Kemialliset Ystävät

Posted on Thu, Sep 6, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Kemialliset Ystävät
Label: Fonal
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Kemialliset Ystävät
If Caroliner Rainbow had recorded The Faust Tapes in Finland and in the future, the result probably would not have sounded like the work of Kemialliset Ystävät. But when it comes to music as individualistic and unbound by genre as that created over the past decade by Finnish freak Jan Anderzén, any sort of sonic reference point ' no matter how strained ' should be utilized. Anderzén is the central figure behind Kemialliset Ystävät; often he's the sole member, at other times he's the core of a fluctuating roster. (There are 16 'guests� on this disc.) A prolific noise-tinkerer, Anderzén has generated more than 20 full-length Kemialliset Ystävät works since 1995, along with a prodigious number of singles, EPs and compilation appearances. His latest self-titled (or untitled) work maintains the approach to digital reconstruction that has marked that discography. Comfortable with the vocabulary of the avant-garde, Anderzén's use of collagism, atonality and effects-heavy noise produces some unusual collisions; for instance, when a plucked koto, distortion-fried violins and bubbling analog synths meet on 'Kokki, Leipuri, Kylvettäjä Ja Taikuri (Enna 132 Eaa.).� But rather than sounding like the product of an academic, the music Anderzén creates is playful and improvisational, making it less an exercise in endurance than an enjoyable foray into pure weirdness.

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