Pan Sonic - Atomin Paluu 2xLP
Label: Blast First Petite
The un-paralleled Pan Sonic called it quits in some 10 years ago; but the Finnish avant-techno duo of Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen had a bunch of unfinished recordings that Vainio repurposed for the soundtrack to Atomin Paluu. This Finnish documentary addressed the construction of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Russia since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. The atom – its elemental components and its capacity for tremendous energy – are common themes within Pan Sonic's blistered electronica. Pan Sonic once again cracks open the atom in their electronic crucible, offering tremendous and dynamic results. Their swaggering breakbeat techno pocks the soundtrack, made toxic with x-ray traces of Vega / Rev strategies for synth-punk minimalism and punk muscularity. Between these boisterous rhythmic tracks, Pan Sonic construct sprawlingly expansive pieces for icy constellations of pure-tone generation and desolate dronings. Both Vainio and Vaisanen have enjoyed very impressive careers in the wake of Pan Sonic, it's a true blessing to have one more set of recordings from these mighty Finns.