Kemialliset Ystävät - Lumottu Karkkipurkki [Fonal Records, 2005]

Jan Anderzen's Kemialliset Ystavat is standing by to blow your mind. These days the term "experimental" is bandied about so much as to have lost much its meaning with regard to music. Thankfully, there are black holes of strangeness that devour all lesser music in their neighborhood, creating an irresistable sonic event horizon trailing a redshifted reverberation. Many of the weird, wyrd sounds from Finland have this awesome power, and Kemialliset Ystavat is exemplary.

Lumottu Karkipurkki, in addition to making a compelling chant, is a recasting of old casette-work. It is a dense and challenging album that will reward the adventurous listener, taking her beyond the pale of folk or even ostensible "freak folk." It's difficult to categorize this music and I fear that any attempt will be a disservice to its unique artistry. Folk music from an alien planet? True heir of the Industrial/ experimental sound of the early 1980s? Disorientalism? Gnomecore? Cacaphonia? There is a dark, raw energy here that isn't for everyone, an unhinging factor. Beauty and dissonance collide in brain-quaking coincidentia oppositorum. Some may be repulsed by it, but there are many who will surrender to its enchantment. And a few others might just be driven mad by it.

Steve Aydt

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Kemialliset Ystävät - Lumottu Karkkipurkki