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Vladislav Delay

Anima

(Huume; US: 13 May 2008; UK: 28 Apr 2008; Canada release date: 29 Apr 2008)

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.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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