UTON - Whispers from the Woods, Last Visible Dog Records
www.lastvisibledog.com

Where should one start in describing the aural grandiose beauty that is Uton. Actually made up of one Finnish guy by the name of Jani Hirvonen, Uton is a force of free folk space madness any freak-out music fan would be proud to call their own. 'Whispers from the Woods' is a collection of very hard-to-find and long out-of-print material from the past, a lot of which was issued as limited edition CD-Rs. What's all the fuss about on this 3 CD grand reissue, you ask? Well, there is plenty. For starters, Uton favours a dense minimal drone sound. Made up of various guitars, flutes and strings, along with heavy effects, this sound is closest to some of Sun Ra's best 60's moments. If you remember the echo-like drones of 'Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy' from early 60's, you're getting close to the mark.

Another picture that sprang to mind when I was listening to this music late at night is just how perfect it would have been to use this as the soundtrack to 'The Blair Witch Project'. It evokes the same sort of creepiness of being lost in the deep, dark woods, becoming paranoid as it become clear you have no idea of the direction home. To be honest, is it really necessary to point out that disc 2 has more edgy drone sounds than the first disc? Would that really hinder you from giving Uton your ears? You'd think this sort of music would find fans in the world outside of Finland, which is why it's so exciting to see Uton being given the opportunity to release this. This is truly organic music of the highest calibre. I can't put the excitement that it generates down on paper, but it's something that I'm asking you to trust me on. Besides, there are times when words fail you when you're describing a painting, film or a piece of music. This happens to be one of those instances. Whether you're a fan of the drone, whether it's minimalism that interests you or whether you simply enjoy being scared hopelessly, 'Whispers from the Woods' is the perfect remedy.

Tom Sekowski


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