Esa Ruoho: On the Hangar of Spaceship Earth: Recent Music Heroes Review


Rating: 8.9
/Noise, Psycho-acoustic, Abstract, Soundscapes, Acousmatics, Avant-garde, Experimentalism, Ambient drone, Microtonal, Dystopbient, Illbient/
Comment: Finnish musician Esa Ruoho is known as Lackluster in the first place. However, this time he has replaced flourishing IDM-esque propulsions mostly with pessimistic, white and grey coloured industrial soundscapes which in turn are composed of corroded and steel-coated particles. At times it sounds like a tribute to Luigi Russolo (whose rigid music already depicted possible shortages and deficits approximately 100 years ago) due to its incisive noise walls and reverberations. Indeed, these 9 long-running compositions used to slightly throb and change their pitch and shape therefore resulting in an alienated moloch and sinister signs reserved for all of us. More profoundly, by its hints and allusions toward the appearances of industrialization it chimes like a gigantic machine initiated by the human being built to maximize the pleasure of the human kind but unfortunately having no breaks to stop at a time and stay under our control. There is no hope and future. Only the last track Terra drones in a more poppy, psychedelic way like an abstract variant of Spacemen 3/Sonic Boom/Spiritualized. In a nutshell, let`s exploit our free will in relation with a particular moral coercion to change this miserable situation and madness.