Lauri Kallio - Rusko cover

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In the Finnish city of Tampere, somewhere between the districts of Hervanta and Annala, there is an industrial zone called Rusko. Lauri Kallio used to spend time there during his teens, walking around the gloomy surroundings, as it was a peaceful place, especially in the evenings and nighttime. When Kallio was finishing his yet unnamed record, working in the Roihupelto industrial district in Helsinki, the rainy autumn evenings reminded him of the times spent in Rusko. So it felt natural to give this name to the record.


The first recordings took place already in 2017, in the village of Kiikala, Finland Proper, the birthplace of Lauri Kallio's father. The very first recorded material was a bunch of four track tape loops made in an attic, where Kallio's grandfather used to maintain his hunting weapons. At the time, there was no vision for an album - only a compulsive need to create something. The experiments and creative work continued in Göteborg. At some point a collection of recordings began to form into an album and the work was finished when Kallio moved back to Finland.


Rusko fuses together electronic minimalism, ambient and jazz, and so it naturally fits into the continuum of nordic experimental jazz music. In addition to industrial cityscapes the music has been inspired by clean nature, friendship and all touching music experienced throughout life.


Everything on the record, except for the covers, is self-made and some tracks feature Kallio's musician friends Anders Hagberg, Eero Savela, Johannes Sarjasto and Jesse Ojajärvi.

The record is supposed to be like a big, warm hug or a trusted friend whenever you feel lonely. That's what it was for Lauri Kallio.


The record is released on cd and digital platforms, including Bandcamp, by Luola. A limited batch of cds are available on Luova Shop.

Lauri Kallio's playing and producing skills have recently been associated with Ville Lähteenmäki Utopia, Janne Masalin, Frankosun and the Family, UNYA and The Mystic Revelation of Teppo Repo. In addition, he has mixed Juna Kainuuseen, the breakthrough album of the renowned indie-rocker Litku Klemetti.

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Lappländer - Loppu ja alku (Cover design: Tapio Laitinen)

AFTER THE END COMES A BEGINNING


Lappländer's new album Loppu ja alku (The End And The Beginning) moves from one dimension to other - from milky way to the riverbank, from outer space to inner space. Every thing and every phenomenon is a part of the same cycle, constant change and rebirth. Lappländer's philosophy is to include the listener in the creative process. The music is experienced in a different way depending on time, place and the listener's state of mind. It's mostly improvised and recorded on the first take, but over time it forms into some kind of a story in the listener's head, being open to their interpretation. The aim is to seize the moment in order to keep everything fresh and to preserve the joy of discovery. ​ This record was heavily inspired by the movies of Luis Bunuel and the classic movie Stalker by Andrei Tarkovski. Like Bunuel's movies, the music takes turns into unexpected and surprising directions. The aesthetic of Stalker is evident in the delicate balance between beauty and harshness. Lappländer aims to make timeless music, and that is reflected also on the technical side of things, where old and new blend into one. Vintage analog gear and modern software instruments are played side by side. Lappländer also employs his own variations of tape techniques originally used by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp.


The album is out now on streaming services and Bandcamp.

Cover design by Tapio Laitinen

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When Saku Kämäräinen was a kid, he loved air travel and admired aviation. He could never become a pilot, so he became Concorde Pilot. Rhythmic and emotional, his music is inspired by feelings evoked by aviation and the duality surrounding the topic. Contemplating your past and future adventures, feeling the anticipation of the upcoming journey, while being confined to a pressurised aluminium tube, a highly unnatural environment. Feeling the freedom and taking in the beauty of the blue sky, while knowing that this form of transportation is one of the reasons our planet could become inhabitable in the near future.


The new EP Three Words features 30 minutes of Concorde Pilot's signature sound: electronic in character, but melancholic and beautiful in a human way. Perfect for lonely late-night listening but also suitable for dancefloors.