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ULKOMAALAISET - One

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Beta-Lactam Ring Records mt147 / Black Series negro 23
Release Year: 2007
Note: finnish improv-project feat. EDWARD KA-SPEL; edition of 300 numbered copies
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Erster Teil diese ungewhnlichen brasilianisch-russischen Kollaboration mit LEGENDARY PINK DOTS-Snger EDWARD KA-SPEL, dronig, experimentell, geruschhaft...

"Electro-improv album with Edward Ka-Spel. Edition of 300 numbered copies. Ulkomaalaiset is a rather different kind of Gharbzadegi or Fremd. In this context it speaks to a disconnection to place rather than to people. Fitting a square peg into a round hole CAN, however, be a good thing. Edward Ka-Spel united with Alena Boikova and Martin Heuser in Finland to herald the coming of Spring and managed to paint several startling tone poems that reflect this sense of Ulkimaalaiset. The trio settings were improvised with an intimacy, conveying both the beauty and loneliness of exploring a strange, unpopulated place. Sometimes Heuser's piano plays against Ka-Spel's and Bikova's electronics with the quiet subtlety and austere sweetness of a more musical John Cage/David Tudor collaboration. Occasionally the spirits (and maybe even the ghosts) of Aho and Sibelius are inadvertently conjured. This triumvirate is so well matched that they seem to create air above mountains. Two separate releases present with four very distinct pieces of loud, quiet, and loud. Cloudbursts of angelic rain bewitching the souls of the ever wandering Ulkomaalaiset." [label info]

".. If "Part Two" is an altogether noisier offering, though, it's still possessed of a certain quietness, as if the three musicians were loathe to get too loud for fear of offending the silence of the mostly-empty town. This gives the album a sort of coziness that persists even through the more atonal passages. Play this album in an empty house in the early morning, and see if you don't discover the same sense of hushed excitement these three musicians must have shared while recording it." [Re-Gen]



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