Album Review

Es – “A Love Cycle ” – [Fonal Records]

Thurston Hunger   10/13/2006   A Library, CD

Re-ish of Fonal founder Sami Sanpakkila’s 2000 “A Love Cycle”
Very mesmerizing sound spirals, I guess a sample or a locked
groove could both be a form of such cycles of love. Doting
upon a sound, returning to it over and over like a cherished
memory or a murmured mantra. Props to Sami for adding a
bonus track to the *beginning* of the release. It sounds as
if some people snuck under your mattress, do you hear them?
Next up the title track runs up with a run-out groove, the
sound of life waiting? Answered by a kind of Poppy No-Good
big band sleepwalking their way through industry and a
field of birds. “Les Fleurs…” is humanized with a hum
from Elissa Maattanen. Listen to “We Make Holes in the
Heart to Break the Universe Apart” is it a mutated trumpet,
a mastodon mating call? Check out the 5+ minute mark as it
gets placed into an expanding envelope of ether. Plus the
whole time there’s like this beat-box mush-mouth tap-dance
going on. Fascinating. Then at 8:23 into the piece, we
get stuck in a slow-motion memory, dreaming at the wrong
speed? “Twenty-five Twenty-five” with a loop built right
into its name is the most upbeat number, a jaunty piano
line seemingly out of a kids’ cartoon, but wait it gets
married to some space-rock phaser jam. This album is like
that, a sonic showcase of the power of metaphor, hooking
up two disparate things. And always with the crackle. On
the last cut that crackle is augmented by some sort of
artillery, I envision someone finding his/her soulmate
on the day of the apocalypse. Dark beauty.

-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 17 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 2888 days ago, abacus finch played A Love Cycle
  • 4545 days ago, Marlena Poliatevska played Suuri Hoyhen
  • 5245 days ago, Cinderaura played Les Fleurs Sont Des Bonnes Auditrices
  • 5248 days ago, Anubis, God of Jackals played We Make Holes In The Heart to Break The Universe Apart
  • 5258 days ago, Grawer played She Puts Out The Fire In Her Heart With Her Tears
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