Niko Karlsson: Valosta Valoon LP (Feeding Tube Records, 2017)

November 24, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Niko Karlsson: Valosta Valoon LP

The blurry, kaleidoscopic forest cover art couldn’t be more fitting for this LP of mysterious, primarily acoustic drone created by Finnish psych scene mainstay Niko Karlsson. Very lush and enveloping, but also dark and dusky. The tracks don’t seem too densely constructed, but it’s still hard to tell exactly what’s going on; the droning strings sound like moaning voices, or maybe vice versa. There’s some more straightforward ritualistic folk dirges like “Unen Oma”, and shorter pieces like “Kaste Laske” are imbued with dark magic. Most of the tracks on the second side are more vocal-driven, but the vocals seem more like dazed chanting than lyrics. “Linnoitus” is a bit more of an overwhelming collision of tones and textures; totally bewildering.

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