Kemialliset Ystävät - Kivikasan rauhassa
Kemialliset Ystävät equals Jan Anderzén. He is one of the few Finnish musicians to have achieved renown in the international experimental circuit. In the case of Anderzén – who also plies a trade as a visual artist – this is not a matter of juxtaposition between experimental and mainstream, or a calculated career choice. Using music and images, he is busy creating a world that is a law unto itself, a world of exceptional freedom and beauty.
Earlier KY albums have been peppered with contributions by individuals such as Islaja, the members of Avarus and Sami Sänpäkkilä. It is not easy to distinguish who plays what on Kemialliset Ystävät recordings. Rather than a side project consisting of solo parts, the band is an ecosystem within Anderzén’s reality.
One of the essential techniques applied by Anderzén is collage, in sound as well as image. He is no conventional instrumental virtuoso; his music is created with a fluctuating array of instruments and equipment. The focus is less on instrumental prowess and more on the overall sound and impression as well as the tension between the various materials. As a manipulator of these elements, Anderzén is in a league of his own. His sampler-based solo performances as Tomutonttu have left no doubt about that.
Kemialliset Ystävät is like a natural phenomenon. It is difficult to imagine anyone having consciously constructed it, such is the ease with which it presents itself to us. To be in the presence of Anderzén’s work is captivating in the same way, simple yet inexplicable, as it is to stare into fire.
It truly takes a master to create such an experience, but listening to the new Kemialliset Ystävät album evokes just that: a feeling of lightness.
- Kimmo Modig
"Clockwork repetitions push digital fireworks over distorted vocals
singing pleasant melodies. Laid-back rhythms move across vibrating
strings and distant guitar solos. Cyclical music makes itself more and
more complex, fireing mind upwards and pushed to virtual wondering.
Stretched out synth sounds carry themselves along pixelated atmospheres,
traveling fast on abstract and colorful highways. Pulsating, acoustic,
strobe-like string sounds and a woman's voice dance along a cosmic plane
drowned in saturated visions of imaginary landscapes. Kivikasan Rauhassa
flows from begging to end, moves swiftly through the mind and drags
thoughts gently along a weaved space of dream-like sounds" (Esteban Aldrete)
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