Based in Oulu, Finland, Heikki Ruokangas is an innovative guitarist, composer and improviser. By combining melody and noise, his music ranges from delicate and melodic atmospheres to avant-garde cacophony. He’s performed throughout Europe and, at the age of 33, has already released over 20 collaborative and solo recordings.
Stagnant Rapture by Heikki Ruokangas and Landon George, Bandcamp 2021
“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/rainy eve companion quaking the rafters of your playback system.” – Killick Hinds 8.21
released October 22, 2021
Recorded by H. Ruokangas & L. George ●
mixed & mastered by Killick Hinds at H(i)nds(i)ght Studio, Athens GA, US ●
cover art by Millie Weeks ● layout by Jaakko Lohiniva