The Finnish noisemaker goes guitar-heavy on a new LP for Editions Mego.
Vainio has spent much of his career crafting dark and austere electronic pieces, from drone to ambient to stripped back techno. It's a style he developed on his own and in a number of collaborations, including Pan Sonic, his acclaimed duo with Ilpo Väisänen. On Life..., he breaks this pattern a bit by focusing on an instrument that thus far has played only a supporting role in his music: the guitar. Whether used for abstract walls of noise or vaguely rock-ish chords, it's at the center of all ten tracks. As if to drive the point home, one of the songs, "Open Up and Bleed," is a cover of Iggy Pop and the Stooges. But even with this alternative set-up, the album maintains Vainio's usual stark aesthetic.
Life (...It Eats You Up) will be available on CD and double-LP through Austrian avant-garde imprint Editions Mego.
01. In Silence A Scream Takes A Heart
05. Open Up And Bleed
07. And Give Us Our Daily Humiliation
09. Conquering The Solitude
10. A Ravenous Edge
Editions Mego will release Life (...It Eats You Up) on July 26th, 2011.