Radio Tropica

by Valotihkuu

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"The newest Valotihkuu release begins with a solid, wooden "clunk": an antique radio is turned on. As the receiver crackles into life, it seems to introduce the distant strains of some alluring - and fundamentally banal! - "Hawaiian" instrumental. A dusty lounge recording promises some isolated, yet ideal location, utterly free of stress and strain. No sooner is it audible, however, than the same Hawaiian motif slips back into waves of crackle and static. This sonic hide-and-seek is used to begin Valotihkuu's "Radio Tropica" mini-album, dedicated to an "endless summer." Put differently, the tracks are yearning for some purportedly "endless" state that never comes to be. We're dealing with stubborn fantasy, rather than with manageable fact. Hence the track-listing of "Radio Tropica," speaking of locations that are long desired - yet never seen. Repeated, precious wishes have a difficult time extricating themselves from the language of saccharine sentiment: "Ocean Breath"; "Tropical Splash"; "All the Sunny Days"; "Tiki Soul"; "Exotique Drums"; and even "Jungle[!] Fantasy." The last two titles in particular do much to admit the enduring gap between actuality and orientalized daydreams. Likewise, Tiki establishments in the US have - for eighty years now - played upon a romanticized, commercialized, yet loving view of Polynesian culture. A perfect location is reproduced, close to home, yet never actually created." © www.farfrommoscow.com

Thanks for the support! All funds will be spent to recording new albums (to purchase new instruments, recording gear and etc.)

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released August 18, 2013

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Valotihkuu Russian Federation

Valotihkuu's music is mixture of nature sounds with a variety of acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, tape loops, found objects and lot of childhood memories, which are carefully transferred into music.

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