Multi-faceted Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti (AKA Vladislav Delay, Luomo, Uusitalo) will release two full-lengths this summer as Sistol, a guise that's lain dormant for over a decade.
Back in 1999, Ripatti released one self-titled techno record as Sistol, then gave up on the project indefinitely to focus on his other monikers. This July, Halo Cyan (a new sublabel of Phthalo) will release a remastered, two-disc version of Sistol, complete with remixes by Alva Noto, John Tejada, FaltyDL and [a]pendics.shuffle. This will be followed in August by a 12-inch and a new album, both entitled On the Bright Side, featuring all new tracks by Sistol.
"It's like getting back to an ex you were not in touch with for 10 years," Ripatti says of the new project (presumably in a good way). Chatting via email last week, he gave us the rest of the scoop on his resurrected pseudonym:
How would you characterize the sound of Sistol, as compared to Luomo, Uusitalo and Vladislav Delay?
Even though the sound is more bright and maybe somewhat less deep than what I have done I still think it's quite near to my sound, whatever that might be. Or at least an extension of it. It's more the process or the concept and definitely the inspirations behind Sistol that are different from other projects of mine. It's more straight-forward and less detailed, a little bit more rough or wild and also daring. More druggy than the other stuff, though some people might disagree with that.
Why didn't Sistol carry on like your other pseudonyms?
Early millennium I really got kind of fed up with the bass drum stuff and straight stuff. I went head first into experimental soundscapes and little later also to more pop-oriented dance floor stuff. Sistol just didn't have much room there for a long time. There has always been quite a lot of projects going on in parallel, so something had to give. Now I've stopped doing Luomo and Uusitalo at least for an indefinite amount of time and am also not doing anything under Vladislav Delay, instead concentrating on Sistol or completely new stuff.
What can expect from Sistol in terms of live performance?
I will try to really take a challenge to do live and improvised club sets which I haven't ever done before. Technically I haven't yet even decided what I'm going to use, that's one of the next things I need to concentrate on.