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    Juppala Kaapio – “Alpen Ocean” – [Omnimemento]

    juppala_alpenAn omniMEMENTO indeed, the duo of Carole and Hitoshi Kojo migrating from
    Switzerland for Belgium leave us a swan song of preternatural power drone.
    Fertile sound creation blending field recordings, electronics, handmade
    instruments and the human voice; so a babbling brook is stirred by the
    same force that makes viola strings sway. On “Alpen Ocean” their voices
    are like monks, praying to unseen birds (and reminiscent of the queen of
    Monks: Meredith). Waves of flanger course through this track, which
    at 12 1/2 minutes undergoes a sea change, the waves then come less
    frequently, but speckled synth dots the skies. When the voices return
    they take the form of winds before vanishing. On the “flip” side, we
    have “Atlantic Alps” where the buzz drone of flies marries with vox
    angeli to create a sonic afterlife that is both peaceful and unsettling.
    By the end though, bells ring and clouds part and the gradual
    transformation is complete. Overall the harmony of man and woman, of
    analog and digital, of organic and synthetic is striking here, even
    more beautiful than the packaging. We were fortunately graced by the
    handmade CDR version, lucky you found a vinyl copy hidden in a
    hollow redwood tree in a fairy ring. Get dwarfed by the sound!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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