Band - Ovro & Niko Skorpio
Title - Live in Placard #7
Label - Some Place Else Production
Format - CD
Year - 2006
Genre - Experimental, Ambient, Esoteric, Electronic
"Niko Skorpio and Ovro are both from Finland. Their history (as of 1991), solo as well as in other projects and groups goes a way back with releases under the banner of Kaaos in Eccentris, Rajapinta, Reptiljan and Helsinki Computer Orchestra. The latest output by this duo is a live recording during the Placard Festival, a self organizing online sreamed headphone event, which took place non-stop for three months.The recording heads off rather calm with Ovro's material, featuring dark minimal low key sounds and noises with on top of it a narrative female voice reciting in a slightly childish fairy-tale way. The music slowly gets more robust during this album. Electronic, psychedelic and
mysterious sampled noises form the main core of the music. It's like Alice in Wonderland is communicating with aliens that speak in dark crackles and strange hiss. It's not often one comes across such music, implying the originality of it of course. But the album offers much more, being the output by Niko Skorpio. An unrecognizable voice on top of digital distorted sound bits, creating creepy soundscapes and ominous atmospheres. The last couple of tracks can even be considered feeback noise, reminding of artists such as The Haters or noise without any sign of structure. This is more the
territory of one of the other projects called Reptiljan."
"The standout track brings both artists together on Dreams Which Burn, a telling title for a piece where Ovro's paranoid and unresolved soundscapes are buffeted by Niko's sonically fiercer leanings to produce a disturbingly scorched nightmare."