Ahead of his show at Flow Festival today, you can check out below the new video by Noah Kin. The young Finnish-Nigerian rapper/producer from Helsinki might only be 19-year old, but he was already released two albums and is working on a third one set for an autumn release. Kin is one of the rising stars in the increasingly busy Finnish rap scene.
Earlier this year Neøv released the excellent album Orange Morning and now the band presents a video for Daydream City, a song which frontman Anssi Neuvonen describes as “inspired by Brian Eno and Diogenes of Sinope, it is a song about a place which is only momentarily reachable”. Directed by Teemu Niukkanen, the video perfectly captures the dreamy and eerie vibe of the song and transforms its meaning into a surreal personal and unexpected climax.
A few months ago, I heard folk-rockers Skip Zone perform The Road and the River during a gig and it was impossible not to love its simple, yet upbeat melody and irresistible chorus. Therefore I am very glad the band chose to record this song for Luomustudio and they did it in an acoustic and intimate setting (no drums this time, but great piano work). Check out the video and enjoy the heartfelt performance.
The ever lovely folk trio Statues Made of Matchsticks visited a local library in Helsinki to record a new song for the Luomustudio series. It’s On My Way features a sweet (and catchy) melody and the trio’s usual combination of banjo, acoustic guitar and harmonica. It’s just a folk song, and I like it.
Post rock outfit Blind Architect has just released their debut album We felt Mountain and made a nice and simple video for the first single Lebanon. The song is beautiful six-minute piece with loud guitars, interesting chord progressions and a nice touch of French horn that makes the song more emotive. The whole album is only six songs, but lasts more than 43 minutes, so expect some intense jamming.
Sadly, this will be the last release of Tampere based label Lionheart Records, which is leaving the business after delivering some good music like this and that.
Noise maker and sound selector XXXXHAWK has done a cool mix to put soundtrack to the no less cool video of Kuudes Aisti festival shot by photographer Jussi Hellsten. The mix includes music by many of the performers at the festival including, Kurt Vile, Tiiu Helinä, Godshifter and KXP, among others. The summer festival season cannot come soon enough.
The last song might be a love song, but this is not the last song. It is the opening track of Sans Parade debut album, and it is a grand opening too. Clocking in over six minutes, this track is an epic pop song of cinematic textures, orchestral instrumentation and a myriad of electronic and acoustic instruments. The whole record is said to be a continuous piece, so be ready for a grandiose experience. It will hit the stores on 15 February.
Do you miss summer? Are the dark and rainy autumn evenings making you feel the blues? In this case listen to Half Past Never Band‘s new video. The upbeat funky rhythm and the sunny images will cheer you up. The song is included in the band’s latest EP, which you may buy on the Half Past Never Band’s own store or a well known digital outlet. Or if your money is tight, go to the band’s SoundCloud and listen to some remixes of their 2011 album. In any case, listen to their music and dance.
SIN COS TAN is the new project of producer Jori Hulkkonen and Villa Nah’s Juho Paalosmaa to deliver some synth bits and electro beats. The duo had its live debut at the past Flow festival, but it is quicly becoming one of Finland’s most promising acts.
Trust is the first single and video off SIN COS TAN’s debut album, which will hit digital and analogue outlets in late November.
Burning Hearts’ album Extinctions has collected rave reviews over the last few months. Do you wonder why? Watch the band’s new video and you will understand that pop can’t get much nicer than this. It has an intense melody, a groovy beat and it even gets away mixing English and Spanish lyrics. The video has been directed by fashion designer/film director Paola Suhonen.