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Ruokangas, Heikki / Landon George: Stagnant Rapture (Habitable Records)

Merging gritty and angular guitar work with versatile and creative drumming, the duo of Finish guitarist Heikki Ruokangas and North Carolina multi-instrumentalist Landon George show their diverse interests in both technically assertive playing and beautifully misty environments, through eleven concise works including two parts of "Chaos", a "Rainy Day" and a "Rainy Eve".

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UPC: 8787416297780

Label: Habitable Records
Catalog ID: HR004
Squidco Product Code: 31314

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
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Landon George-drums

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"Heikki Ruokangas (b. 1987) is a jazz/avant-garde guitarist and composer from Oulu, Finland. His music is a dialogue between melody and noise, shifting from soothing and sensitive moments to violent avant-garde expression, to distinct melodies and atonal motifs. Ruokangas draws his inspiration from avant-garde, contemporary, and traditional jazz as well as from his native Finnish musical heritage and traditions. He's performed throughout Europe and, at the age of 34, has already released over 20 collaborative and solo recordings.

His current projects include a duet with drummer Simo Laihonen, a guitar and accordion duo with Anne-Mari Kanniainen, and his solo guitar project Heikki Ruokangas Monologues. Ruokangas is a member of an international improvisers collective, CI Community Project, that includes musicians from all over the world (New York, Berlin, Lisbon, Oulu etc.)."

-Heikki Ruokangas Website (

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"Landon George (b. 1995) is a multi-instrumentalist and musical interloper living in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. His music ranges from experimental electronic endeavors to traditional Appalachian ballad singing to intimate original folk songs. An explorer at heart, George may be found drumming in a free improvised unit, playing tuba in an early jazz second line ensemble, or slapping the upright bass in a country blues band. International appearances by George include a month long tour in China with Yiannese traditional band, Manhu, and festivals in Indonesia and the Netherlands. His current projects include multiple releases on several US labels including COPYRIGHT420, Pink Lady Apple House, and George's own label, SORSE. In addition to releasing music under his own name, Landon George has released music under the aliases Dosha, Lil' Nothing Man and The JavaScript Family Band."

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track listing:

1. Lethal Mirror pt. 1 03:30

2. Rainy Day 05:18

3. Chaos pt. 1 01:00

4. Double Vision 05:49

5. Chaos pt. 2 00:51

6. Blast 00:25

7. Arroyo 05:26

8. Hard Fact 00:35

9. Lethal Mirror pt. 2 03:33

10. Silt 00:54

11. Rainy Eve 03:45
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"Front and center in Stagnant Rapture is adherence to fidelity. The simultaneity of low fidelity and high fidelity. Loyalty to textured electric-acoustic grit and interleaved accuracy; the guitar and drum egregore straddling -buckling- the crinkle of competition and cooperation. Tangible, visceral trust in each other's calibrated insertions amid the fizzy unfolding.

Guitarist Heikki Ruokangas of Finland is nimble and angular and allows the accumulated detritus of recent mechanical past an entry to future eternal primal cry. Multi-instrumentalist Landon George from the US filters his comprehensive versatility to a pared-down drum kit, eclipsing the limited palette with boundless refulgence. This is thick, humid, cobwebby weather as music, roiling with integrity and structural soundness, a rainy day and eve companion quaking the rafters of your playback system."-Killick Hinds

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