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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Satatuhatta SATATUHATTA-56
Release Year: 2023
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00

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Satatuhatta is honoured to present the debut album of Primitive Wings, a new project by Jaakko Vanhala. Morphosis is a highly evocative album, bringing into mind vivid flashes of something primal, perhaps from the prehistoric past. At the same time its very raw, but without being utterly harsh. It can be seen as a sum of the artist's previous projects Zot-Aon, Secret Apex and Vanhala, but it still presents something new.

Listening to the album, you can imagine insects digging their way through the forest floor, big dragonflies propelling amongst the ferns in the twilight, reptiles roaming in the verdant undergrowth, and prehistoric roars rising amongst the tropical trees. But its not a nature documentary. It feels more like an atavistic memory, an intuitive transformation taking you inside an alien consciousness. This could be felt as just undefinable chills or perhaps as a vision of an event on this planet, which happened under the same stars but billions of years ago. Something from the beginning, of growth, sentience and flesh, finding its expression in strange transformations.


"Another round of introductions here. Satatuhatta is a Finnish label "focusing on harsh noise and experimental sounds" and has about sixty releases, mainly on cassettes but, as we see here, also on CD. Many (or, instead, most) names are all new to me. Jaakko Vanhala is the man behind Primitive Wings, his latest project. Previously he worked as Zot-Aon, Secret Apex and Vanhala. The cover doesn't provide us with the necessary information concerning instruments, which isn't a good thing from a reviewer's perspective. Listening to the eight pieces, running from five to seven minutes, I envisage a combination of reel-to-reel tapes, electronics and a battered synthesizer. The loops Vanhala cuts are long, short and shorter. By playing them all at once (or extensive layering), they never overlap in the same way, while at the same time, they never become very chaotic. Your ears adjust themselves to the proposed order of the sounds. At least, that's my little pet theory of this week. What he puts on his loops is very hard to say; electronic sounds are a contender for that, but also field recordings. I believe to hear some of that in 'One Star'. Somewhere below in the mix of mangled loops, some electronics lurk beneath, adding creepiness to the music. Primitive Wings operates primarily in the mid to high-frequency range and has some nasty sounds, but it is not necessarily all about an endless stream of harsh noise. Maybe there is a certain sameness in the sounds used here, which made me think that the album is, perhaps, ten minutes too long, but as always, that might be the idea of the noise plan behind such operations." [FdW / Vital Weekly]