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LTJ-31 Uton: The August Light
Released 28.11.2004, dreamy folk-drone psychedelia from the forests of mystic tampere, limited edition of 125, sold out.
"The August Light is recorded last august in Tampere, based to a dream from the very same time. Walking in a dark forest, to meet the giant leech up in the hill. To listen it's inhuman long screams (as a new light), which gave another scene in the square next to us: People levitating in their sleep, like in coma. Then as suddenly as everything else came up the lightnings, filling their bodies over and over again. And that's surely the august light I want to shear with You!
Always with you, Uton
PS: Hannu asked me to give some kind of other description than basic "mystic forest dronefolk from tampere", but after all, what else this could be?"
NOTE: five different alternative sleeves, five different colour inserts with 5 different pictures of minerals and five different coloured records (purple, blue, yellow, orange, green), edition of 100 copies.
"Uton: The August Light, eli leijuvaa häröä, jossa tapahtuu kaikea pientä ilkeää.
Hei, tuo seiska Utonin levyllä on yhtäkkiä erilainen, liki industriaalia huminaa ja raaputusta. Tämähän suorastaan karmii.
Ysi on suuuuuunnattoman surumielinen hanuri kiusoittelevien peikkojen ympäröimänä. Öh, vertauskuvatin seis!
Hieno levy. Ovat piilottaneet tuohon hämyyn enemmän yksityiskohtia kuin ehtii huomatakaan yhdellä kuulemalla. Tästä tulee todella omituinen olo." Rene Kita
"Uton is one of the most criminally underappreciated artists currently residing in the great white north of Finland. In The Wire's recent article proclaiming the brilliance of the Finnish 'scene,' Uton was conspicuously left out. For my money, Uton's meandering soundscapes are some of the finest being exported from the land of the Suomi. On "The Autumn Light," Uton shows us a new side of his ever-evolving project. This album is bathed in the pine-scented forests of the north, touched by a spiritual, unspoken presence.
This latest CD-R on the mighty 267-Lattajjaa imprint explores the mystical world that exists outside of most cities. It is a place where Mother Nature is the dominating force, watching over all her tree children and glacial palaces. These 10 untitled tracks are a dreamlike journey. They go to places that could only exist in your mind and reveal things that your unconscious doesn't want you to know. Within these mossy walls exists a dark world that is aching for the light. It's a place where dark hunter greens long to live the way of the flourescent realm of colors.
Solemn electronic drones rise and fall from beneath the coniferious canopy. Organic instrumentation finds its way between the seams, acting as the glue that holds this entire arbor symphony together. Uton's in his element here. This is music that is cerebral while also being accessible. The organic instruments do their part in keeping these album from feeling too distant. It's like walking through a mystical, almost-frightening world, but carrying some piece of home with you that keeps you feeling safe & warm. "The Autumn Light" is a neverending search for some unspeakable truth. Uton is looking for rebirth.
This is an album that unfolds on many levels simultaneously. As it creeps along slowly, ghostly voices rise through the murky keyboards, guitars, and recorders, illuminating the way through this forest. "The Autumn Light" is brilliant, in approach and in execution. Uton has impressed me a lot over the past few years, but never as much as he does on this release. "The Autumn Light" is his finest hour. 8/10" - Brad Rose, FoxyDigitalis
"With this recording Uton takes a couple of steps back from the more technological experiments of the above two discs [Retrohumanoid and XXX], and that's just fine! This is nicely organic and utilizes a bunch of mostly acoustic instruments such as drums, violin, accordion (or something that sound like it), guitars, singing, etc... In a way the playing as well as the whole atmosphere feels freer than on most Uton recordings that have concentrated more on the drone thing. I don't mean this would be free in a free-jazz improv way, and there's still a whole lot of droning going on, but somehow this feels more, well, playful, but still in a rather dark way. This is also more varied (in the way the instruments are used, not in the mood that stays the same throughout) than most Uton recordings. As criticism I should mention that most of the tracks end somewhat abruptly, which doesn't suite this kind of music. Definitely the best one of the Uton works reviewed here, and one of the very best from the 267L label. Great cover art, too." Pekka PT, Dilettante's Digest
"This is wonderfully eerie stuff you could compare to early Coil and kinda be on the mark. Uton a/k/a Jani Hirvonen couples electronic drone with plucked acoustic instrumentation." Brandon Stosuy, Pitchfork
"Uton's 'The August Light' is that robot dream. Here electronic drones and pulses merge with accordion, noises, distant signals, ghost calls and rumbling low percussion. Here there are no people, no animals, just nature, land and eons of time. Glaciers form, move over centuries and carve the landscape. Music as deep and intense is the consequence of the mental journey by these musicians, it is an end point, where it is concentrated into pure sound that becomes one with the air." Lord of Misrule, Unbroken Circle
dimensional hollow bend
spectral under side"
Lee Jackson, Womblife