"There's absolute freedom here to do what you think is right," explains Vladislav Delay, referring to his home on Hailuoto, a speck of an island off Finland's northern coast, in the frigid Gulf of Bothnia. "There's no scene to bother me," he adds, "or to remind me of the mostly negative aspects of the music business." Delay has always been a maverick artist. But after relocating to Hailuoto in 2008, what he calls "absolute freedom" has become the de facto muse guiding his music. On 2009's Tummaa, Delay cracked open ambient dub's hermetically sealed aesthetic and ushered in elements of jazz-fusion, free improv and industrial noise. Tummaa is dark, restless and challenging. It's also a stepping stone, one that leads directly to Vladislav Delay Quartet, the musician's most radical statement to date. Recorded at the former Radio Yugoslavia studios in Belgrade, throughout one week last year, Vladislav Delay Quartet is an expansive and multifaceted listening experience. In Delay's scrupulous production, the ensemble's "raw and natural" interaction finds a deep coherence: the articulation of absolute freedom.