roughly translates to "tanned diamond"
: "Taivaalla Tapahtuu"Avarus
: "Yo Tuli Ja Beduini"tUMULt
, the weird metal / heavy noise label from California, and the party at least partly responsible for Harvey Milk
’s renaissance, has compiled all the out-of-print releases from Avarus
here on a double-disc monster called Ruskeatimantti
. Jan Anderzen, founding member of both Avarus and Kemialliset Ystavat
, is probably the linchpin of the cresting Finnish “free-folk” biz, and is thusly responsible for some of the best mind-zapping rock of the last few years. If you dig on extraterrestrial forest jams and/or Asgard rock (which, I’m assuming, all our readers must do), then Avarus is worth exploring. That moment forty seconds or so into “Taivalla Tapahtuu”
, when the stark stringed-thing plucks give way to a lo-fi rock drone, fairly encapsulates the musical range of this hippified noise cabal. The twirling, childlike lilt of “Yo Tuli Ja Beduini”
, with its haphazard whistles, strings, and drums, sounds almost naïve enough to be some sort of outsider Kraut-rock. These two pieces are indicative of the two-disc set as a whole, yet neither one can provide an accurate glimpse into the beauty of the twenty-minute piece called “AVP”
. It’s a little too long to fit on this site, but for anybody who likes these two examples I heartily recommend hunting down Ruskeatimantti in order to hear “AVP”.