Today, Ektro Records sets February 15th, 2019 as the international release date for Aavikko’s highly anticipated seventh album, Monopoly.
The world has all kinds of trinities – not just religious. More likely, one could speak of forms of cultural and anthropological entities. They are so rooted in the Western worldview that one can’t help considering them at least a bit sacred.
Hegel’s dialectics consist of the thesis, the antithesis, and the synthesis. At the club, there’s a band, an audience, and a dancefloor. A hockey game has three periods. Aavikko has three members.
Formed in Siilinjärvi, Finland in 1995, Aavikko has thus far released seven albums. On Monopoly, the band finds itself near these ultimate concepts. The album returns from the escapist crystal oceans of its predecessor Okeanos to a sweaty concreteness to the middle of noise, speed, and color lights. Gameshow logos and supermarket shelves just pass by.
This is a manifestation of “Disco Muysic.” It is functional music – mere synthetic assemblage of electronic sounds, that’s meant to be used. Its actual command is very simple: we play, you dance. Yet another trinity is present: melody, harmony, and rhythm.
Monopoly is a profile of the modern information society through the eyes of a futurist from the 1920s. Its undertone is neutral and representational: it seeks to portray the machine the way the machine is – may the machine be a single A.I. that plays chess against humans or a complete mechanized civilization with automatic cash registers and shopping malls.
The touch, however, is enthusiastic and cheerful, kinda utopic. The singles “Go and Know,” “Quartal Quatch,” and “Superdeep Borehole” are like information that darts through a circuit board or the glint of an LCD-screen in the dark. Innocent phenomena, that have no of understanding of the absurdity of the surrounding world.
That said, Monopoly is a token of rare optimism. It seems to trust the technology itself – not what can potentially be made of it. It has a will to use electronic technology as a way people’s heart and soul.
Because machines themselves aren’t bad. They just want you to move, dance, and feel good. Start feeling good with the gameshow data-overload video for the aforementioned “Go and Know” HERE at Aavikko‘s official YouTube channel. Also hear the track HERE at Ektro‘s Soundcloud. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Aavikko’s Monopoly
1. Go and Know
2. Volt Age
3. Quartal Quatch
6. Superdeep Borehole
7. She Saw Me