Fe3O4: Magnetite - Mika Vainio
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  • Summary: One half of the electronic duo Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio releases his latest solo album recorded in Berlin.
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  1. Nov 7, 2012
    80
    Fe3O4 ― Magnetite will not come as a huge surprise sonically to those familiar with his back catalogue. That said, it is nonetheless sufficiently perplexing, abstract and rich to offer much incentive to return to it for any listener willing to be absorbed into his forbidding sonic universe.
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    80
    His taste in sounds and sense of what to do to them is unimpeachable, but the album's greatest strength is its resistance to categorization.
  3. Nov 7, 2012
    70
    FE304 - Magnetite continues Vainio's reputation as a guy who blurs art and noise to the point of great affectation. It's not music, but it is deep listening.
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    70
    The continuing work of Mika Vainio--especially given his longtime association with Touch for a variety of releases--has been at once reliable and sometimes quite surprising, with a certain restlessness that has served him well in his various explorations in sound. Fe3O4: Magnetite continues this.
  5. Nov 7, 2012
    70
    Magnetite is not wholly arrhythmic, but its rhythms are sparse. They enter, and as soon as they develop to recognition (slow gong sounds, for instance, are common), Vainio destroys them with either unrecognizable noise or silence.