Delay Trees and their Soft Construction EP were some of our favourites last year and you can expect to keep hearing about them in 2010 because these guys are lining up for a great year. Recently they got a record deal with Johanna Kustannus (home of Regina, Astrid Swan, Tuomari Nurmio and many others) and they are preparing a good bunch of live shows in Finland and in Europe to follow the album release later this year. But until the new songs are here, we can enjoy a semi-professional video for the song About Brothers, filmed by 17-year old student Markus Kontiainen (not commissioned by the band) during a recent gig with Kaskas in Lahti. It is remarkable what just one camera and a lot of talent can achieve. Simple beautiful. Click continue to watch. Continue reading
Time for a new MAP post of the year, the greatest mixtape in the world. We have 35 songs from all around the world selected by the 35 contributing bloggers. The Finnish representative this month is Kiki Pau. Remember that you can download all the songs together with the link at the bottom of the post.
During the last months, we have neglected (unconsciously, but unforgivably) a young generation of talented singer-songwriters that are quickly gaining some good attention. But from now on, we will try to fix this hole. One of these songwriters is the 24 year old singer Lotta Jääskelä, who recently released her second album Blue Autumn that includes ten well-crafted originals written by herself and recored along with her band and the help of a few guest such as blues master and harp virtuoso Pepe Ahlqvist. The warmness and elegancy of Lotta’s songs along with the soft touches of blues and pop quickly remind us of singers like Norah Jones and Neko Case, and in a similar way, the Finnish composer manages to create catchy pieces (Will), bluesy stories (Ordinary Sunday Mornings) and stripped down touching songs (A Little Girl). Continue reading
On their new album, I Was A Teenage Satan Worshipper (yes, that is the name of the band) achieve a solid combination of rock and electronica, with some good pop melodies on top. The result, entitled Strange Lights, is a pretty addictive, even for those who might be reluctant of the electronic bits, and it is probably the strongest effort done by the done to this date. While some of the tracks demand your best dance moves (A Day Like This, Ten Years Later), others bring some atmospheric classic synthesizers-based electronica (Softcore Sex Dreams, Martin, Amsterdamned). Finally, the album is rounded with a few power pop gems, like Watcha Lookin’ At? and Just Do It. We are sure that with this new album, IWATSW will make some good noise in the indie scene as it already proves their hectic touring schedule this spring. But now you can click on the continue reading link to hear the opening track of Strange Lights, which also carries the title Strange Lights. Continue reading
The prince of love metal, Ville Valo, and his band HIM have a new album ready to be released in one week. We have not been able to listen to Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice yet, but we are quiet intrigued about this musical essay on love that deals with solitude, death and happiness. Following the album release, the band will tour all around the world starting in Australia in a few weeks and continuing during the spring in Europe and the United States. In the mean time, you are just one click away of seeing the video for Heartkiller, the first single off the album. Continue reading