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Blizzard-in-a-workshop, singeli-noise styles from Vladislav Delay, committing his noisy ass to Planet Mu after an acclaimed bout of footwork under his lesser-spotted name Ripatti in ’21
‘Isoviha’ sees the Finnish maverick push the ravaged aesthetics of his ‘Rakka’ albums further into the maelstrom with challenging results, even for the most ardent followers of his sound. If Merzbow loaded RP Boo’s sampler for a single session, it may sound a bit like this lot; a barrage of hyper, strobing structures, going very overeasy on the distortion, and with scant respite for anyone looking for a bit of easy fun.
The twin inspirations of his native, inhospitable Finnish landscape, and isolation therein, are complicated by inspo from the brutalism, man-made world, prompting a wildly expressive batch of recordings that care not for your sanity. It starts out relatively sensual, in the “nice” sense, with a lush/bitter flux of dub chords cycled thru thistly filter chicanery in ‘Isovitutus’ and only proceeds to get more unhinged, with prevailing influence of Tanzanian singeli possibly detectable in the frenetic shape of ‘Isosusi’, and pushed to alarming degrees, quite literally with the blaring sirens of ‘Isonuha’. Moments of relative respite are lodged in the likes of his isolationist ambient asides on ‘iS’ and the rinsed out final touch of ‘Isopieni’, but that’s all you’re getting, as the rest of it sounds like a jerry-built machine coming apart at the screws, cogs whirring out of control and everything on the cusp of collapse.
Exhilarating and/or eviscerating, you decide.