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    Slava Ranko – “Arctic Hysteria” – [Adolescent Records]

    DISCLAIMER: Dear weird heroes of today, we apologize if we at KFJC
    do not discover you before you perish. We try….but…

    Anyways, 1981 Don Philippi renaming/rehsaping himself as
    Slava Ranko, and working in KFJC’s backyard up in San Fransister
    puts together these analog wave whorl worlds. Largely built of
    synth lines chasing themselves, as other electronics and some
    ghostly wordless vocals or shamisen (Philippi had an interesting
    connection to Japan per his Wiki) Apparently he actually
    played the biwa an ancestor of the shamisen with a deity’s blessing.
    The album features an Ainu glyph, symmetric with curves on the cover
    (from another of Philippi’s passions) The songs here are meditations
    of a sort, but not necessarily of the soothing variety. Certainly
    not industrial, they are percussion-free, but the rhythms of
    the synth lines give them a repetitve undercurrent. Sounds
    sort of careen off each other, and it has that 80’s flavor of
    synth that is squelchy, squishy and more viscuous than silky.
    This might be an original copy, sorry Slava/Don for missing you
    before you left this realm in 1993. This album speaks for one
    side of you, and for those curious for more, check out the
    online honoring by Frederick Schodt at http://www.jai2.com/dlp.htm
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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