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Pekka Airaksinen


Progressive Electronic

4.00 | 1 ratings

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4 stars In 2015 Pekka started to release his material as vinyls in his own 'One Point Life' label (also three first releases came as CD). He had own O-label in the seventies, but last vinyl came from that in 1984. First he released his 'Love and Addiction' that had originally came as CDr in the nineties. Second one was 'Vitae Tennis Nest' that hadnīt got all the material from original CDr, but had two tracks from the other CDr. Third release 'Mangala' was clearly a compilation, although Pekka had CDr under same name. So is this album. Pieces are taken from 'Sugatas' & 'Jewel Comet'. In cover Pekka explains that he has drawn mathematical information from the ancient Buddhist texts as the base of this albums compositions. Really don't know how Buddhist this method is, but anyway it really has produced very personal music!

The first piece 'Dundubhisvararaga' has really soft, serene rhythm where Pekka improvises with synths. Atmosphere is quite mystic. In 'Kanakamuni' it is even more mystic with little more twisting rhythm, there are almost UFO feelings in it. 'Kashyapa' starts very chaotic way with twisting rhythm and confused synths, but soon starts very beautiful sounding synth. But there comes some chaotic synths in the end of it. 'Shakyamuni' continues quite chaotic and has also very twisting rhythm. In 'Jambusuvarnadhvajakacanabhasa' Antero Helander joins with sax and Panu Thusberg with guitar to Pekka. This is the greatest piece, in this three men's great improvisation has really jazzy feeling.

All the way this is much more coherent compilation than for example 'Other Power' and has a lots in common with Pekka's great 'Buddhas Of Golden Light'-album. The reason may be, that all these pieces were recorded same time as that album, although first released in 1996. I am thinking again not to give this five stars just because this is compilation, but really have to give it four. Just like 'Other Power' this is highly recommend as a introduce to Pekka's music!

Mortte | 4/5 |


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