Aidattu Tulevaisuus

Teksti-TV 666

Svart Records, 2018

http://teksti-tv666.bandcamp.com

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 06/17/2020

Teksti-TV 666 are a seven piece Helsinki, Finland outfit who are armed with a small arsenal of guitars as they bring, metal, shoegaze and Kraut rock ideas into five lengthy tunes on this sophomore album that runs the gamut of punk sounds, past and present. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

“Turbo-Mondeo” starts the listen with much attention to detail that seems like it's going to be ominous before shifting into a driving, spacey version of atypical garage rock where acrobatic percussion and fuzzed out guitars don't disappoint. The energy continues to the bristling, Kraut-rock influenced “Aidattu Tulevaisuus,” which certainly wouldn't be out of place in America's version of alt-rock in 1993 with its incendiary rhythm section and swirling, gritty melody that quickly embeds itself into your mind.

The remainder of the songs are longer and certainly just as engaging, including the soft vs loud dynamics of “Rauhankone,” where lush, restrained ideas enter the diverse atmosphere that even touches on industrial and post-punk. This is complemented well by the abrasive and thundering “Severny,” an album highlight that pushes and pulls with striking, bombastic tension while soaring high and also dipping into calm, almost cinematic, post-rock ebbs. This track alone is worth the journey.

The ten minutes of “Katko” bookends the listen with a punchy rock feel, a lively pulse, and extremely proficient neo-psychedelia where layered guitars that number five, maybe six, dominate the instrumental exit that never out welcomes its stay.

If bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Godflesh, Ramones and Explosions In The Sky donated a portion of their formulas, you get some idea of how exciting this Finnish band is. Though none of the singing is in English, the music here is universally incredible, and absolutely supports many people's theory that European bands are far superior to American bands in the area of rock music.

Rating: B+

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