Acoustic instruments improvised with field recordings from Turku (Finland) and Salsipuedes (Argentina) all mixed together. Some tape noise abstractions and a small touch of electronics. A huge but cute organic strange fruit, short but bubbling with the power.
- Jani Hirvonen, Feb 2023
I first met the music of Jani Hirvonen (Uton) when I was a young guy, searching for odd sounds and somewhat discovering psychedelic experimental folk music.
The sounds he made, his "deep forest" vibe was a great place to start and experience free folk music from my naive point of view. I remember entering in a sleepy mood, receiving all those feedback noises, those calm and mysterious frequencies. His sounds were (and still are) unpredictable, free, distorted and always mutating. The kind of sounds that motivate you to explore more and more inside your own mind.
In the intervening years we turned out to be distance friends, and have collaborated together on some albums.
On "Bday-Lampazo-Trompeta" we took a different approach to the sounds that we used to have back in the 2000s free folk days: Bells, Trumpet, Field Recordings, Violin and Tapes.
The collage that you hear is a combination, a sonic restructuration of different places... It's somehow both a picture of Turku (the place in which Jani lives with his family in Finland) and also the vibe you get when you live in Salsipuedes (the point where I live in Argentina). It's somehow eerie but still very concrete, it is calm and still raw: a city with its cars and people that is situated right at the beginning of a forest. And, of course, you have the moon and the sun situated simultaneously very high in the sky, both emanating their own energy.
- Pablo Picco, Jan 2023
'Each song could be viewed as individual scenes on a movie or snapshots to be flipped through in a photo album.
Mixing in elements of free jazz, musique concrete, and some sort of fractured folk aesthetic, the songs act as living things, evincing exhalations backed by thudding hearts and tingling senses. They move and bloom, assert themselves and then withdraw, the music revealing no genre obedience'
- Joshua Pickard for Beats Per Minute beatsperminute.com/cassette-culture-april-2023/