AGF & Various ‎– Kuuntele

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AGF Producktion ‎– AGF017
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Finnish poetry with music, vocals by AGF and guest artists.

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February 20, 2014

Antye-Greie is still writing and still producing 17 years on from her start with Laub. It’s been an interesting and enjoyable arc to follow from [deep breath] electro-rock (Laub’s Kopflastig) to tech house (Mofa by Laub with Mathias Schaffhäuser) to Max/MSP experiments (AGF’s superb Head Slash Bauch) to IDM (Westernization Completed) to modern classical (The Dolls self-titled work) to leftfield (AGF/Delay’s Explode) to abstract techno (AGF’s work with Zavoloka) to multimedia opera (alongside Eliane Radigue, Kaffe Matthews and Ryoko Kuwajima as the under-appreciated project The Lappetites) to calligraphic artworks (both prints and as custom-made packaging for her music) to electroacoustics (Gedichterbe) to club-friendly beats (with Ellen Allien) to live visuals (alongside her partner Sasu Ripatti’s excellent electronics) to vocal experiments (last year’s Source Voice).

With output that diverse, it was inevitable that there would be some serious misses (her work with Craig Armstrong was particularly saccharine), but she continues to write poetry and music that as adeptly charges emotions as it casts a cold revelatory light on any of the variety of contemporary topics and genres she covers. Kuuntele, with its explorations of a land, culture and language simultaneously foreign and native, epitomizes these efforts perfectly.