Vladislav Delay
Visa


3.0
good

Review

by Jots EMERITUS
November 9th, 2014 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cabin fever

Vladislav Delay is a wanderer. Combing through his catalogue, I couldn’t pinpoint when he found himself in the first place, assuming he ever did. Traces of humanity exist even in his coldest works, but his persona gets increasingly shrouded when examined collectively - it’s maddening, really. Just as one album hits me, creating a rapport, it becomes questionable with each following release. Put simply, I still have no clue who Sasu Ripatti really is, barring the multiple other pseudonyms he uses. With Visa, the minimal techno luminary seems unsettled, as the tone is highly agitated and lacks fluidity. It’s as though Vlad is tightening your strings, easing the tuning peg bit by bit despite the ominous creaks, or that crocodile toy that bites down when you ‘remove’ the wrong tooth. The tension is palpable, and Visa could prove to be the most divisive release under the Vladislav Delay moniker thus far.

Opener “Visaton” doesn’t help matters much. The track is sporadic, while still relying on overarching drones and distractingly repetitive beats. Beneath these pestering overseers are diligent subordinates, struggling to correct the system. The tone shifts multiple times, looking for loopholes, poking and prodding. It’s the most punishing beginning to a Vlad Delay album yet, and will see many listeners throw in the towel, though persistence pays off; of course, this is comparable to many sparse ambient pieces. While it might seem silly to focus on the opening track so intently, it’s a determining factor for Visa. Think of it like the arduous climb before a stunning panorama. I could compare this to my limited running experience: once you conquer that first marathon (42km), it’s surprisingly easy to build upon it. I couldn’t bother with the remaining tracks until I had listened to “Visaton” several times, but the payoff was huge. “Viaton” and “Viisari” followed effortlessly, focusing less on the onerous top layers, revelling in the smooth, throbbing textures beneath. It’s cheesy, but the best part of trail running is feeling the pebbles and textural changes. Yeah, the sun is still beating down, and your legs are still sore, but it makes the little things that much better. I always feel dumb trying to explain why I like trail running, and Visa will prove similar. For new listeners, you will either abandon it after a few minutes, or press on to reap its rewards.

These rewards aren’t obvious, really, and that’s always been Vlad’s modus operandi. Gratification relies on perceptive correlation, matching Visa’s unpredictable happenings with stark visuals. “Viisari” resembles watching an accelerated nature video, as the beats are rapid and ever-adapting, but the progression is still observable in a reasonable timeframe. Despite the various elements - underlying thuds, rattles, swirls, and synths - it feels unified, like constructing a building. The contrast is bizarre, as though the beginning and end of Visa were crafted by two separate thought patterns. “Vihollinen” sees tension lifted, settling into meditative pulses interrupted by spontaneous noises. The final seconds of “Vihollinen” resonate, as a sharp note dunks you underwater after a lucid dream. Moments like these make Vladislav Delay’s latest effort endearing, albeit inconsistent. All in all, Visa is the most challenging VD album to date, and further cements his niche status in treacherous soundscapes. Saddle up.



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Jots
Emeritus
November 9th 2014


7562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://vladislavdelay.bandcamp.com/album/visa

tough writeup for me, but hopefully it's a good read. feedback appreciated

thanks EO for the proofread

Let
November 9th 2014


1910 Comments


Good review man. I've been listening to Vocalcity a lot lately, and been planning on checking out material from this moniker. I'm assuming it might not be the best place to start though?

Jots
Emeritus
November 9th 2014


7562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah. I'd rec his first or even Anima over this.

djunior
November 9th 2014


882 Comments


nice Johnny. will get on this soon

Phlegm
November 9th 2014


7250 Comments


wicked!

cryptside
November 9th 2014


2406 Comments


Awesome review, man. Pos'd. This sounds pretty challenging to listen to, you did a great job explaining it though. Particularly like the conclusion.

ExplosiveOranges
November 9th 2014


4408 Comments


Pos. Great work on the conclusion.

YakNips
November 9th 2014


20100 Comments


im gonna listen to multila

PappyMason
November 9th 2014


5702 Comments


Great review man, an enjoyable read.
I recently got a bunch of stuff by him under this moniker so I'm looking forward to checking this one out.

Jots
Emeritus
November 9th 2014


7562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks pappy and everyone

PappyMason
November 9th 2014


5702 Comments


No worries man. A pleasure to read.

Keep up the good work!

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 9th 2014


26301 Comments


sweet didnt know this was coming out, will check

Zettel
November 9th 2014


661 Comments


Interesting review. You really did a good job. It is a bit conservative, but it is reasonable for a challenging album like this. I am not sure if this is THE most challenging VD album, but feels considerably out-there. His last three albums (including this one) have been stellar.

I agree with you Ripatti is some kind of an enigma. His body of work is very varied, and even under the same alias the differences between albums are often notable. I do not dig all of his works, but he seems to release his most important work under Vladislav Delay. Predictable, he is not.

Jots
Emeritus
November 9th 2014


7562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@zettel - for me, it's been the most challenging. hard to say when it's still pretty early, but I've taken to his other works a lot easier

than this

but yeah, the variety of his work is stunning

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
November 10th 2014


12065 Comments


great review Johnny, have a pos. I can tell I won't like this though.

Jots
Emeritus
November 11th 2014


7562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers. Not everyone's cup of tea, and I doubt this'll get much attention anyway

Atari
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2014


27975 Comments


excellent review man, honestly wouldn't change a thing about it. also, I completely forgot about that crocodile toy, so thanks for bringing back a piece of my childhood! Very entertaining read, pos



treeqt.
November 13th 2014


16970 Comments


did no one even listen?

Jots
Emeritus
November 13th 2014


7562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

doubt it. a 2? damn, tree



I can see my rating dropping though

treeqt.
November 13th 2014


16970 Comments


ya very not impressed

i'd suggest jamming http://hyacinth.bandcamp.com/album/universe-of-discourse instead



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