Sasu Ripatti is normally a reliable producer, a rock-solid talent who can always deliver the goods even when he’s dividing his attentions between three or four different projects. Unfortunately, he seems to be slipping a bit here lately.
His last album as Luomo, Convivial, was a lackluster effort that found him steering the project into some seriously schmaltzy waters, while Symptoms, the product of his latest sessions with AGF—who co-produced Ellen Allien’s Sool album and is an accomplished sound-artist in her own right—is adrift in the same tepid territory. Operating in a strange middle ground between hip-hop, techno and ghostly ambient, Symptoms plays like an album searching for its own voice, with the singular visions of Ripatti and AGF failing to ever coalesce into a coherent whole. It’s a strange outcome, especially considering that the two are one of electronic music’s few power couples. Shelve this and hold out for them both to release new solo albums.
File under: Ellen Allien, Vladlislav Delay/Luomo/Uusitalo, AGF