Exposé Online banner

Ozone Player — Frozen Paint on Boiling Canvas
(Visual Power VP006, 2005, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2006-05-01

Frozen Paint on Boiling Canvas Cover art

What an opener for an album! I’m talking about “The Sprawl.” Fine sounds, imaginative sequencing, nimble-fingered playing, stunning composition. Ozone Player is a composer from Finland where EM is up and alive, even on festivals. He’s really a master in switching atmospheres in a blink of the eye. Many who use the sampler don’t get past the range of familiar sounds, not Pakarinen – that’s his real name – he surprises again and again with sounds like for example an electronic sweep of a broomstick, which he incorparates in the musical body and gives it an extraterrestrial treatment. “Limping Alien” is the perfect title to match this musical quirkiness. But he can give us a convincing dark cloud of notes as in “Freundian Sleep” as well. Or he can evoke out-of-this-world wobbles and sweep fragments like in “They Are Finally Starting to Come.” “Edgewood” dances (bass rhythm reminds 90s Kistenmacher) on a sort of tune from the middle ages bathing in symphonic waves. The only flaw is the occasionally overly bombastic character. “Sometimes It Is Not As Always” deserves the prize for the most catchy tune and it’s a great composition as well. I guess the more experimentally inclined Ozone Player fans will be disappointed, but not the synth aficionados, who will consume it voraciously.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Ozone Player

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Förträngt Hushållsarbete - Offret Om Att Älska – It may seem odd that this turns up in our New Releases section – it is definitely not new; fact is that it’s been out there for four years already but hardly anyone (if anyone at all) knew...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues