by Mika Vainio
Released: Jan 2014
Label: Sahko Recordings
Some things never change on a Mika Vainio album: the laser zaps, the rumbling bass frequencies, the creeping sense of dread. But where the Pan Sonic member's recent work has tilted towards the more diffuse, abstract end of his catalog, full of chirp and scrape, Konstellaatio finds him at his most sensuous, with skeletal sine waves twined around pensive, uncharacteristically expressive tones; "Metsän Sydän" even incorporates actual chords, hardly his usual bread and butter. But "Talvipäiva" is mostly silence, a reminder of his extreme patience (and extreme dynamics).
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