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Boomkat Product Review:
*Lush, languid ambient trips from Finland's Olli Aarni, who's best known for his Ous Mal recordings on Preservation and Under The Spire. Features vocal contributions by Rachel Evans aka Motion Sickness Of Time Travel and was tenderly mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Warmly recommended to fans of Fonal Records** "The Presevation label Valot Kaukaa, the second album from Finnish producer Olli Aarni. Valot kaukaa is the first work for Aarni under a new name, Nuojuva, having previously appeared under the name Ous Mal. As Ous Mal, Aarni's debut album, Nuojuva Halava took the early promise of his CD-R releases into a beautiful realisation of a unique sound that evoked both a curious nostalgia and a sense of future pathways, combining classical overtures, narcotic beats and arm atmospherics into blissful song. Aarni's beguiling vision holds sparer focus on Valot kaukaa (the title roughly translates as 'lights from far away') for a more overtly ambient space filled with delicate instrumentation - including cello, piano, flute and violin - as well as a new interest int he possibilities of voice. Spacey and intimate with wintry and autumnal shades, its whispered melodies and open drift making for a heightened state still somehow grounded in downhome feeling. The gliding vocal textures of Rachel Evans - aka Motion Sickness Of Time Travel as well as one half of duo Quiet Evenings - is a recurring highlight, while Sophie Hutchings' dazzling, rolling piano propels Laakso into a wonderful orbit. Honing a special path explored on Nuojuva Halava, Valot kaukaa feels like one long, suspended, beautiful moment."