Finland - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 21 - 07/09/98
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A four-song vinyl EP from säDe, a band 'more into
ambience and soundscapes than techno', according to
themselves. After listening to their EP, I easily agree.
Sampling is a main feature, but it's clear that these songs
were not made for the dancefloor, but rather for attentive
Duplicating Cell is naked, wih a dominating synth
bass, but a simple piano-sounding melody brings warmth. After
a couple of techno-inspired breaks, we go deep underwater before
floating slowly up towards the surface. Huvipuisto stars
with hyperactive percussion samples and a glad, innocent little
bell melody, which is taken over by a tension-rising sequence, for
then to fade away. Flip. Contractile Vacoule Forming
features a deep and mildly distorted bass/rhythm, some minimal
brass samples, a female vocal. A short and more forgettable
track. Hypothetical Ancestral Mollusk is
summer-lazy with a lush female voice and some elves (yes, these
are elves, not smurfs) talking to you while the sounds of cool
waves wash into your head. Relaxing.
It's hard for me to come up with any comparable artists right off hand.
Perhaps Erik Wøllo, who also has
a similar synthetic quality to some of his soundscapes.
This is the first release from säDe, I think, and with
their experimental approach and good taste they should be able
to produce further more interesting products. The vinyl is
transparent yellow, and on one side there's a picture of a big
sheep. Don't ask me why, but as the Norwegian saying goes:
"Sheep are all-right animals".
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Copyright © 1998 Knut Tore Breivik