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What You Want Isn't What You Need

by Lackluster

BKT 03:56
Kosmos7 03:52
Hiatus 03:48
Down 03:27
N 03:24
Sizehoay 03:34
0Today8 05:23
Swamped 04:33
Dropouts 01:54


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Making his debut here for New Speak, Esa Ruoho has been a regular protagonist in the contemporary IDM scene. Esa has always managed to describe icy landscaps with melodic fragments that quickly thaw the rigid construction - something he does here with renewed determination. "Hiatus" permits tinder-box harmonies and a lumpy, tannine, heavy brew of beats to accrete, while "Down" seems to enter a parallel David Lynchian world, where Badalmenti has settled on the most pared down arrangements of his career, troubled by digital interventions. "N" resolves this dilemma in open-hearted, broadly euphoric fashion, a reconciled and contented mood, which is allowed to subsist inside "Sizehoay"s core. "The Cluster Theme" dallies with a darker palette again, rotating around a subterranean 4/4 while deceptive childs-play keys soften the blow - delighting in roughing the rhythm then smoothing it with those icey melodies. "Dropouts", finally, rounds up proceedings with ritalin beats, artificially accelerated, drum and ominous bass viewed from the other end of a telescope. Very good indeed.


released October 5, 2005


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Lackluster Etelä-Suomi, Finland

Instrumental Electronic Music from the suburbs of Eastern Helsinki.

Alternately simplistic, melancholic, ambient / beatless to melodic and slightly less chilled.

Used to release on Merck Records and deFocus, now mostly unsigned - you're looking at my label right here on this page.

Notorious bridge-burner and procrastinator. Free Energy / Off-the-grid enthusiast. Interested in Pure Data.
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