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Guitronic MP3s from Jari Pitkänen

On his recent three-track EP, Lumien, Jari Pitkänen places simple guitar lines amid lush fields of dark atmospherics. The combination works, and not only because that moaning background sound can be heard as a kind of extended feedback from the guitar itself. It also helps that the guitar playing is slow, with a melodic component nuanced enough to  not strike the ear like a pop song might.

The title track sets the tone with a single-note lead and reflective setting that sounds like Daniel Lanois producing a John Fahey record (MP3). “Muistot” adds a light choral element (MP3) and “Nousevat” some pinging highlights (MP3). The collection was released for free download on January 21. More details at the netlabel,, and at Pitkänen’s page.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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