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Tidy ultra-minimalism from Finnish composer Marja Ahti assembled from field recordings, analog synths, feedback, tape and digital processing. Bone dry, expertly-engineered electro-acoustic material that'll appeal to fans of Richard Chartier's LINE imprint or heady Touch sublabel Ash International.
'Still Lives' is the perfect title for this third solo album from Ahti, following two albums on the Hallow Ground label. There's a stillness here that feels accented by Ahti's careful processes, as if she's attempting to amplify motionless, empty atmospheres until they resonate. There's little forward motion and no rhythm, but Ahti focuses on microscopic detail, sketching out sonic spaces that feel disquieting and oddly visual.
Winding electrical drones heave and fade into silence, and gentle, intentional field recordings give us a ropeladder into the real world. Using the most minimal palette of sounds, the Swedish veteran experimental artist illustrates how intimate electronic music can be. That's a surprising, and incredibly rare talent.