Album Review

Vahan Multaa Paalle [coll] – [Fonal Records]

Thurston Hunger   9/7/2012   12-inch, A Library

Two very diffferent sides to this fine Fonal release. The B of the
B side is for Beats…but not beastly ones, for example the
closing Tuusanuuskat track sounds like kids took a bunch of their
toys and plotted a path to another planet. Cute galaxy sounds,
while Death Hawks deliver a kind of song cycle that starts with
hum and apoplectic gibberish, a drum machine tries to walk like
Clint Eastwood through desert guitar and a sax spotlight that
then whisks off into a flute-fueled fracas. Now the drums are
pagan but that rises into some Roland bleep beats and then
finaly synth whooshes over guitar noodle-age and laughing gas
dreams. Good weird stuff, but side A really hit home for me.
Maybe the best single side Fonal’s ever had, and that’s saying
something. Side A has a more earthy vibe, the two lead-off
tracks by Motelli Skronkle shine with that made-in-the-kitchen
glow. Featuring fun with the mouth (tongue clucks on #1, and a
kargyraa kinda croon-growl on #2). Very catchy, in a way that
surprises you. Be careful, they blow up the kitchen at the end
of “Riemuvoitto.” And come on, the band is called Motelli Skronkle
(and evidently they’ve been at it for years, granted with a mere
decade-or-so hiatus). Next up Pekko Kappi rides a backwards guitar
(or maybe backwards Jouhikka aka Finnish bowed lyre ) with
multi-tracked voices into a very peaceful near hymn of a number.
We need to track down his full length (alas our Fonal collection
is missing some teeth at KFJC). Lastly a weirdball earball
delight from Ville Leinonen, that includes a cassette phone call
from the grave but sequesters a gorgeous acoustic pop campfire
song underneath keyboard tinsel. This whole side has a fantastic
flow and bears repeat spins, I saw a phrase elsewhere for
Leinonen that referred to “imaginary exoticism” and the
little fairies that sprouted up on my turntable while playing
this all agree that’s about right. Evidently all of the artists
on this comp come from an industrial town, Tampere, in the south
of Finland. Just shows that heavy machinery and heavy sounds
can exist side-by-side. Pride in construction on both sides!

-Thurston Hunger

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