Ovuca

Wasted Sunday

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Even if you didn't know that Rephlex was Aphex Twin's record label, you could probably guess that some sort of connection existed between Finnish native Ovuca (aka Aleksi Perala) and the artist formerly known as Richard D. James. Like the best of James' early work, Wasted Sunday draws influence from Brian Eno's ambient explorations, but replaces the artiness with a playful sense of humor all too often lacking in experimental electronic music. In his bio, Perala claims that the album's inspiration came from walking around in nature, where "the animals came to listen in the park" when he played it on his boom box. It's easy to hear why, as his songs whistle, whirr, buzz, clatter, and click like Snow White's forest friends having their own little rave party, in some ways recalling Pink Floyd's "Several Species of Small Furry Animals." If there can be any complaint made about this infectiously lively debut, it's that the jubilant mood doesn't change much over the course of 22 tracks, which means that if you don't like one or two songs, you probably won't like any of them. Of course, the opposite is also likely to be true.

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