Label: Blast First Petite – PTYT 007
Format: CD, Album
Style: Ambient, Experimental, Noise
Some of the most extreme music Pan Sonic have recorded. With all the titles both in Finnish and English, “Katodivaihe / Cathodephase” is an impressive work: moments of tenderness are rare and far outnumbered by astonishing passages of brute force. Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen, together as a duo for over a decade, known how to blend grinding noise-laden beats with heavy basses. Then the use of static hum and manipulated frequencies are the things that characterise the album. The crackle, spit and drone of electricity is quiet, but masks immense energy. A condition reflected in the extreme range of volume that the two producers use. Where there’s addition there’s also the opposite, or the avant-gard piece.