Boomkat Product Review:
*Upfront Exclusive* After a long hiatus, the much loved Fat Cat Split Series returns, pairing a side's worth of compositions from prolific Finnish psych-rockers Kemialliset Ystavat against three pieces by Matthew Bower's Sunroof!. It's been over three years since Split 18 hit shop shelves, and that installment featured Konono No. 1 and The Dead C - creating a dynamic that's not too dissimilar to what's going on here. Bower's side well and truly fulfills the noise quota, ratcheting up bad-trip droning dissonance on the transcendentally freaked out 'Little Ornamental Lake Of Death' (which features guest spots from Mick Flower and Mattin) and leading up to the euphoric abrasion of 'Extinction Fantasy'. Along the way, 'Spiritual Forgery' provides a little respite, permitting an oasis of more tranquil, lapsteel-driven tones, but the pervading sensibility is one driven by extreme psychedelics. As you'd expect, the other side represents an entirely different approach to music making, courtesy of Fonal stalwarts Kemialliset Ystavat. Beginning with the airy, folksy jangle of 'Taivaassa On Loivemmat Maet', the band get off to a civilized enough start, but across their five-track contribution there's not a single moment of straight-forward musical narrative: you'll find blissful, fragmented pop, obscured, smudgy productions and a veritable cornucopia of strange sounds you can't quite place, featuring such bizarre and exotic delights as 'Yolla Tulen Ja Raapasen Tulen Karvoihn!' along the way, seemingly calling upon makeshift gamelan-style vibraphone jangle. It's great to to see Fat Cat resurrecting the Split Series, and this long-awaited return doesn't disappoint.