Hannu Karjalainen – A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert
A surreal mysticism graces the swirling hypnagogic pop ambience of Hannu Karjalainen’s “A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert”. Melodies weave their way into the gorgeous pathways that adorn the album. Rhythm exists in a naturalistic state never becoming too overbearing. Everything is allowed the right level of space for Hannua Karjalainen gives the sound room to roam. Texturally rich the sound does appear at times to float up into the heavens. Stylistically Hannu Karjalainen’s work contains a nostalgia of sorts, whether it is for long-forgotten AM pop hits or little samplings of classical pieces. Whatever the original influence was, it is wrapped in gauzy sound until it becomes a true dream.
Nicely introducing the album and serving as one of its highlights is the gorgeous opener “Angel”. Hazy in temperament the way the piece unfolds feels akin to a mystery of sorts. Like a lullaby is the delicate “The Emigrant”. Reminiscent of Gas’s “Pop” album is the soothing scope of “Love, Unconditional”. Allowing for a greater level of intimacy is the spacious “Meille”. Piano is layered in a manner akin to Steve Reich on the snapshot of “A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert”. Glitch effects are utilized to great skill on the nimble “A Year In A Day”. Rather glorious is the triumphant finale of “Breaks My Heart She Aria” where the light sound is periodically interrupted by various industrial hued shutters.
Easily one of the loveliest things I’ve heard all year, Hannu Karjalainen’s “A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert” is a blissful trip into colorful new lands.