[16 June 2008]
PopMatters Contributing Editor
Those who adore Pole and the ambient works of Brian Eno should be well aware of this one by now. If not, Huume has seen fit to repress the 2001 classic that Sasu Riputti (Luomo, Vladislav Delay) originally released to cult worship on Mille Plateaux. As ever, the hour-long album title track rambles across abstract analog soundscapes with lagging dub beats occasionally fluttering past. The original vinyl pressing split the behemoth into several parts, but this reissue is staying true to its originator, overlooking a ten-minute bonus cut. The track in question “Anima (Version)” is a new collage style remix that reconstitutes the title track into a much more easily digestible nugget. Even with that, I find the Pole albums much more memorable and attention grabbing, but I suppose that’s part of the point. Anima is the perfect sketchy comedown album, and you don’t want to remember every second of that.