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Artist: ES
Title: A Love Cycle
Format: CD
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $17.50
"The second album from Es aka Sami Sänpäkkilä. On this album the main source of sound is three turntables bought from flea markets for 10 dollars a piece. Those and a few effects are the only sound sources that have been used. The atmosphere maintains its course of melancholy through these romantic, and at times heartbreaking sound collages. The adjacent loops that you hear begin to create new dimensions and layers of sound. And when you listen to the song you can almost hear that forgotten melody that you have always searched for in your heart. Recognizable (and acknowledged) exemplariness can be heard when thinking of such artists as the loop n scratch artist Philip Jeck and Terry Riley." - Fonal.

Artist: ES
Title: Kaikkeuden Kauneus Ja Käsittämättömyys
Format: CD
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $16.00
"This album is a dedication for the sad, the depressed, the insomniacs, the strayed, the fearful and the lonely. Today, tomorrow." - Sami Sänpäkkilä. Co-release with Kraak from 2004.

Artist: ES
Title: Kesämaan Lapset
Format: LP
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $18.00
"This is Fonal label-head and filmmaker Sami Sänpäkkiläs fifth solo album under the name Es. Recorded during a 3-year period, it is a mixture of pop and sacred soundscapes with influences varying from contemporary indie-rock to ancient classical music. The name translates to "The Children Of The Summerland," and is an homage to Finnish cult folk legend Pekka Strengs album Kesämaa ("Summerland"), which is one of the artists favorite Finnish albums ever made. Various quirky instrumentation is used on Kesämaan Lapset; from high-end analog synthesizers and upright pianos to cheap flea market Casios. A few special guests make an appearance on this record, including Laura Laurila (violin), Tuomas Eriksson (Risto) (trombone) and Elissa Määttänen (vocals). On "Ennen Oli Huonommin," squiggling, rapid-fire synth noises battle a chorus of angels against a droning and static-y backdrop. On "Haamut Sun Sydämestä," high-pitched cries ride on top of a melancholy piano line, while what seems like thousands of pitched-shifted orchestras and bleeps multiply and rise atonally. The title track is a stunning, epic drone-piece with chanting vocals in a golden forest of sound: strings and horn lines, sinuous, ethereal synths and organ mantras. Recorded at home in the bedroom and abroad on various travels, Es has crafted a haunting summer album that evokes a strange, nostalgic, visceral response, like gazing at childhood photographs." -Fonal

Artist: ES
Title: Flick
Format: CD
Label: Kraak
Country: Belgium
Price: $15.00
"Second one in the guitarimproseries (first one was Shifts). This Finish guy is pretty young but has a distinctive feel towards his guitarplay. Excerpts from his talents could be found on the Killa 7"s but here he is operating alone on his selfbuild guitar and other "soundlabs". Its dark and quiet with lots of floating, hissing and inspired contructions. Every now and then a melody pops up which brings together the harmony between impro and a "listenable" experience. As for guitarplay he got his own way in "sweeping" his strings. Es becomes soon something very personal and introspective in each individual life." - Kraak.

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