Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti returns to more rhythm-oriented music on his third album as Uusitalo. 'Karhunainen' is out in October.
Ripatti records under three aliases: Vladislav Delay for beatless ambience, Luomo for vocal house and Uusitalo for instrumental, rhythmic pieces. And no one could accuse the Finnish producer of being lazy: 'Karhunainen' is his third full length album in less than a year, following up the acclaimed 'Paper Tigers' as Luomo and 'Whistleblower' as Vladislav Delay.
The press notes humbly describe previous Uusitalo records as "resembling an undertaker at a disco", with the promise that 'Karhunainen' change that impression by returning to more upfront rhythms. 'Karhunainen' consists of ten songs, eight of which are "dedicated to the bass drum", while the drum machine on some cuts is replaced by a drum stick knocking on random metal surfaces and Ripatti's daughter's toys. What a terrible father!
This time around, the album has been made strictly with analogue equipment, with all digital sound processing left out.
The album artwork is illustrated by Kaisa Kemikoski, and the record includes a 16-page booklet of Ripatti photographs.
Download the skewed, Detriotish preview track 'Korpinkansa' from the record, or check out three tracks at the Uuisitalo MySpace page for a taste of what to expect.
1. Vesi Virtaa Veri (Water Flows Blood)
2. Korpikansa (Backwoods People)
3. Tohtori Kuka (Doctor Who)
4. Konevitsa (Machine Cane)
5. Sikojen Juhla (Feast Of Pigs)
6. Karhunainen (Bear Woman)
7. Satumaa (Wonderland)
8. Nälkälaulu (Hunger Song)
9. Himo Perkele (Lust Perkele)
10. Puut Juuriltaan (Roots Out Woods)
'Karhunainen' by Uusitalo will be released on Huume Recordings on October 12, 2007. There will also be a pre-album digital release available this month.