Label: Karaoke Kalk - 101 LP • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition • Country: Finland • Genre: Electronic • Style: Ambient
Create account now! LP: Includes download, incl. Finnish visual artist and filmmaker Hannu Karjalainen's music draws inspiration from ambient, drone, modern classical and dream pop.
A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert, his third album — and the first under his full given name - arrives after a prolonged break. The album opens with the track Angel which is a truly heavenly composition reminiscent of Boards of Canada's finest work. The Emigrant makes effective use of sinister synth-lines and delicate glockenspiel patterns to invoke a kind of science-fiction soundtrack atmosphere. Throughout the record, our ears are graced with truly sublime sound-scapes and transcendent textures.
The title track is actually the shortest tune on the album, but in no way less evocative. It's looped piano melodies are comparable with Susumo Yokota's later recordings in their minimalism and poise. A Year In a Day continues to walk the fine line between ambient and electronica — which is one of the albums great virtues: it shows how lively and eventful ambient music can be.
Certainly ambient music benefits from having a strong pulse as Karjalainen demonstrates in various tracks on the album. This powerfully contemplative album comes to a controlled landing with the majestic Breaks My Heart She Aria; another in a long line of mesmerizing drifts, with a floating choral voice delicately enveloped in strings and pitched percussion.
A Handful of Dust Is A Desert is instantly captivating and for lovers of ambient music, dream listening. As an artist who trained in photography and is mostly active in the world of visual art, Hannu Karjalainen clearly enjoys a great deal of creative freedom in his music.
This is the kind of desert you won't mind getting lost in and even take pleasure in roaming through the expansive sonic landscapes and horizons it embodies. Angel Hannu Karjalainen 8' 15''. The Emigrant Hannu Karjalainen 4' 17''. Love, Unconditional Hannu Josephine - Suzanne Vega & Tori Amos, Annie Lennox - Suzanne Vega & Tori Amos 4' 01''. Meille A Year In A Day - Hannu Karjalainen - A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert Karjalainen 3' 31''.
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