I find it hard to believe that is the best part of three years since the iconic Finnish experimental outfit Can Can Heads last featured.
Can Can Heads
In their inimitable style unless you can find the cached file of Monorural Recordings, their eleven track album which came out earlier in the month – as I type – it has already gone – though it may well be that it will surface again soonish – and judging by where it was originally, albeit briefly, available – I think keeping an eye out on their bandcamp account may prove helpful.
Making a welcome return nonetheless – the fourth song – Mies tulee mies menee – I have however been able to trace.
The Finnish alt-rock quintet Pastis released their début EP Four Stories last week.
Pastis – Photo by Ashley Wolf
Fishing deep in to the pool of ’60s and ’70s brit-blues and merseybeat Pastis deliver music that has a warm analogue glow which palpably raises the temperature in the room. By flattening the dynamics of range in the songs they counterintuitively, for those used to a world of digital sharp definition production as being a normality, are able to create music that is wrapped in multifarious texturing in which the listener finds natural cohesion, far more expressively than multi-track compositions are ever able.
Word arrives they are preparing to launch themselves on the live circuit in and around Helsinki, if you happen to be nearby, whilst also planning a second release for later in the year.
Had they been listening to their music as the photpgraph was taken, they would have had no need for overcoats and woolly jumpers.
My selection of the EP, which is available on bandcamp, being the opener Es Muss Sein.
The Finnish dark-rock band Uptown Electronics released the two track single Crashin’ Slow on the 15th.
Uptown Electronics – Crashin’ Slow – artwork
There is a different layering than music previously featured which is evident in both Crashin’ Slow and the B side Release The Pressure where rock guitar architecture builds the scaffolding to the songs as the looming tracks darken the doorway.
These are capable musicians and I look forward to hearing more in the coming years.
The Finnish melodic-metal quintet Force Majeure release the LP The Rise Of Starlit Fires on the 8th of September.
Force Majeure – The Rise Of The Starlit Fires – artwork
The second of the eight tracks on the album – Apocalyptic Hearts – showcases the ability of the quintet to deliver music that has a thumping pace whilst underneath, like a geological-plate, the slowly revolving melody is the real strength of the song through which a powerful yet deftly controlled vocal shines brightly.
The Finnish melodic-metal quartet As I May released the single Hero on the 4th.
As I May
I am aware that I have mentioned it previously though I don’t feel it is repetition for the sake of repetition to comment that musicians from Scandinavia are often able to deliver music which combines what on the surface are polar-opposites that can’t possibly work, yet turn it in to a concept of intrigue and complexity that fascinates – very often melodic-metal.
In Hero – As I May provide the listener with a dark underbelly of fire that opens its wings and glides gracefully through room like a sparrow-hawk searching for prey.