Good Omens – Silent Spring – Audio

The Finnish acoustic-indie-folk band Good Omens are finalising details for the LP All The Moving Parts.

Good Omens - Photo by Pauliina Jokela

Good Omens – Photo by Pauliina Jokela

Their fleet of foot compositions are influenced by both indie dance and folk resulting in tracks containing swooping melodies which gather up the audience in welcoming embrace. From the forthcoming album – Silent Spring is a roughly five minute number which showcases their style.

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Vorna – Tie Varjoista – Audio

The Finnish melancholic-metal band Vorna released the single Tie Varjoista on the 5th.

Vorna - Tie Varjoista

Vorna

The music that Vorna produces leaves the listener with the sense of a dark folk tale unfolding and once having hit play the audience wants to settle down for a lengthy session in their brooding presence with Tie Varjoista (available on bandcamp) being no exception.

Having last revealed an LP just over a year ago – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa  (also on bandcamp) – I hope there is a follow-up on its way shortly.

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Fun With Muesli – Moon Shines – Audio

The Finnish alt-indie duo Fun With Muesli released the EP Houseboat on the 9th.

Fun With Muesli

Fun With Muesli

The penultimate of the four tracks – Moon Shines – is a track that showcases their retro-style and highly effective guitar interplay.

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Timshel

Timshel from Vassa in Finland is the indie-dance sextet of Markus Bergfors (Vocals / Guitar), Patrick Stenbacka (Bass), Olli Nousiainen (Guitar), Petter Erikslund (Drums), Daniel Ventus (Keys) and Sebastian Jacobson (Multi-instrumentalist).

Timshel - indie-dance from Finland

Timshel

Skipping around the room like a Spring Lamb I find myself in enthral of Timshel, who are able to harness the multifarious angles of projection to a cohesion which just leaves the brain freshly showered. Folk, pop and rock combine into the soundscape that the sextet offer to the ears.

A lightness of touch gives the music an uplight, whilst songs of consternation gives the tracks a sonorous intensity that captivates the mind and Timshel is able to deliver tracks which offer a subtlety of touch which belies the number in the line-up. Rather than using the dexterity to produce volume, they use it to deliver flecks of colour which intoxicate the mind.

The compositions are smartly packaged, but on taking time to unwrap the glossy paper the listener is able to find music which has a heart and soul.

With a decent catalogue behind them, the most recent single – Halfway To Anywhere, which came out on the 17th a adds another fine touch to the library of sounds.

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Halfway To Anywhere – Single – Timshel is available on iTunes.*

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Fear Of Domination

Fear Of Domination is Saku Solin (Vocals), Lauri Ojanen (Bass), Johannes Niemi (Lead Guitar), Jan-Erik Kari (Guitar), Lasse Raelahti (Keyboards) and Vesa Ahlroth (Drums) an industrial metal outfit from Nurmijärvi in Finland.

Fear Of Domination - industrial metal from Finland

Fear Of Domination

With theatrical aplomb Fear of Domination make a welcome addition to emerging indie bands. Somewhat more experienced than typical bands reviewed, the  sextet have learnt their stage craft well and the addition of keys to accompany rhythm guitar lends a far wider spectrum to the distorted metal that slams out of the speakers in a frenzy of noise and phlegm.

I often find that Finnish bands have a harder resonance to their material than their fellow Scandinavian neighbours, perhaps it is the more isolated historical geopolitics that has led to this fairly distinct difference and Fear Of Domination are no different in this regard, as although there is the recognizable Scandinavian feel of open space and frozen landscape, this is tempered by a razor edge force that spills through the music.

The material hammers around the room in a thunderous roar of activity, but by tempering with keys, the sounds are blended into an intriguing flow of music which reminds me of a raging sea – a powerful and destructive force, yet simultaneously unmissable and mesmeric.

Whilst the recorded material reflects of the intensity, I get the impression that a live performance would raise this from something to keep on the track list, to an impressive night out.

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Paperdoll – Single – Fear Of Domination is available on iTunes*.

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