Boomkat Product Review:
Pan Sonic 'other half' Ilpo Väisänen might not get the credit that the comparatively prolific Mika Vainio gets, but listening to this 2001 solo joint it's hard to see why not. Maybe it's because Vainio has had a whole handful of solo 12"s and albums when it took Väisänen until 'Asuma' to put together just one proper full-length, but as most of you probably already know, just because he's not as prolific doesn't mean 'Asuma' is any less essential than any other Pan Sonic-related releases. As this is released on the Mego label there might be a temptation to think that 'Asuma' might be noisier than Pan Sonic or more abstract, but that would be your first mistake. 'Asuma' might be a murky journey but it is in fact less abrasive than many of the Pan Sonic releases, focusing more on analogue pulses and glorious synthesized drones. The album opens with the oblique 'Autiouitu 1' which takes hissing analogue pulses through the soundfield, panning from side to side before being joined by a thick Lynchian drone guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. The cinematic element doesn't easily let up either with 'Klikki', a track that starts simply enough with... err... clicks, and then morphs into a Blade Runner-esque piece of synth loveliness. Another classic album from the Mego stable and another essential piece of the Pan Sonic legacy - you can't miss this one!