Boomkat Product Review:
It's like Christmas again, after a couple of years of silence, Mokira (aka Swedish superstar Andreas Tilliander) manages to erupt with two releases on the same week!? Well I must say I'm pretty pleased, and what's even more interesting is they're both totally different and both totally unexpected. 'Hateless' is Tilliander's latest full-length album under the Mokira moniker and takes his sound into places it has truly never been before. The first thing you've got to realise is that there's no computer involved... yep you heard me right, Andreas Tilliander, one of the laptop scene's pioneers has ditched his PC and gone analogue. Using a Korg MS20 and a Korg MS50 to generate his sounds and a bunch of other electrical doohickeys to aid in his noisy quest, Tilliander sets off on a journey of hate with only our pity to accompany him, and across fifty minutes he lays his emotions bare. Pulsating step sequenced synthesizer loops are mulched into cavernous ambient noise, bass tones become booming robotic footsteps and distortion steps into play as Tilliander's new favourite instrument. Sitting somewhere neatly in-between the exploratory early electronic machinations of the Radiophonic Workshop or Raymond Scott and the post-modern noise-punk of Wolf Eyes or Dead Machines 'Hateless' is the muso's wet dream - experimental and visceral yet keeping a sense of humour throughout. Indeed Tilliander's humour is expressed in his song titles, all skits on famous songs replacing 'love' with 'hate' - 'Hate Me Like I Do', 'You Can't Hide Your Hate Forever' and 'Hand in Ghate' being my favourites. Despite having a hateful core however, this isn't as depressing an experience as you might hope, rather it is more of an exercise in analogue fetishism and improvised, noise-ambience and far less aggressive than, say Prurient or Whitehouse. This is noise music's cavernous side, and should appeal to fans of Double Leopards, The Skaters and Axolotl - it's epic, organic and hugely engrossing and marks a huge step in this producer's sound. On 'Album', released in 2003 on the then-fledgling Type imprint there were signs that Tilliander's sound was traveling in a more experimental direction, but little could prepare you for 'Hateless'. A brave album and one which needs to be played very loud indeed! Highly recommended.
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