CD: Onyxia ONYX003 
Pinch me darling
is a great release (first full length CD) from Henbkka Kyllonen on the
Onyxia label. It comes in a well presented digipack with some cool artwork
by Samuli Kontio.
'Tekopyhät ystävät' -
a slow opening with some minimal piano melody with some nice additional
ambient samples. This subsides into drone with the occasional bird chirp.
The track proceeds at a controlled rate to fade-out. 'Gloom'
has a strong synthetic drone opening evolving into abrasive low frequency
oscillations and high frequency over tones. This allows for subsidence
of the low frequencies to fade-out. 'Torstai Perjantai' has a
dark ambient opening with heavy drone overtones. A distinct melody begins
to permeate the thick wall of drone with additional vocal samples. 'Pinch
Me Darling' - a well titled track - begins with a dark ambient opening
describing cavernous and guttural minimal soundscapes. Although textures
change there is a continual theme of minimal dark ambient. Low frequency
soundscapes evolve into more high frequency textures. Now low frequencies
are intermittent as the track decays slowly to a gradual end. 'Unipuu'
opens with ambient drone and melancholic melody. A broad mix of samples
and soundscapes make this a less predictable and somewhat more chaotic
track. The partial emphasis on melody here, with beautiful use of female
voice, hold the listeners attention well. With 'Kosteus' we have
an abrasive and dark opening with drone soundscapes filtering through
the rich abrasion. Gong-like samples develop through the track producing
an almost Koner-esque soundscape. These subside as we return to abrasive
tones with evolving melody. A varied track that stands out from the rest
on this CD. 'Glycerine Tears' features ambient soundscapes, grating
low frequency oscillations with abrasive sounds overlaid. A watery introduction
to 'Ovi', a dark ambient piece with overlaid drone. This develops
with some nice samples and a bit of ring modulation. Some good vocal effects
are added to enhance the dark tone of the track.
Xivic] / [Onyxia]