November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
Klasu’s new digital single Eksyn vuoksesi / Luulin et kuulit came out on Drink Tonight Records a few weeks ago. I’m liking it a lot as was expected. Here’s the music video for the song Eksyn vuoksesi.
November 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
Mitä helvettiä nyt taas is a new Vaasa-based guitar pop group and they just released their debut single Tässä kylmässä kaupungissa. The band might be new, but you might know the members Timo, Andy, Ove and Paati from other great bands such as The Sugarrush and The Lieblings. If you’ve enjoyed anything I’ve done here at onechord.net over the past 15 years, you probably should send them a thank you note, because these boys and the music they made in the late 90’s and early 00’s were a big reason why I started this site back then. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to praise them that much over the years, because they haven’t been the most active musicians at least when it comes to releasing the material they’ve written. I’m already on the verge of quitting and I’m still waiting for the first The Sugarrush full-length to actually come out during the existence of this blog. But hey, now is not the time to convince them to release the unreleased The Sugarrush albums, because we have a new song out and available from their new group and it’s mighty good. Mr. Ken Stringfellow also plays guitar on this awesome pop song, if you need some extra motivation to hit that play button right now. Such a brilliant song.
November 7, 2016 § Leave a comment
Viljami Kukkonen has a new music video for the song Joko lähdetään. It’s an outtake from his 2015 album Jos rakkaus tapahtuu, which was my favourite Finnish album of that year. Jos rakkaus tapahtuu is a finally getting a vinyl release as well. So if you didn’t purchase a copy just because you don’t care for those compact disc thingies anymore, there are no reasons to hold back now. The album is gorgeous and there will be a special church concert to celebrate the vinyl release of it. It will take place at Finlaysonin Kirkko, Tampere on the 11th of November. Check out Viljami’s FB for more information. Here’s the new video for the song Joko lähdetään. It was directed by Teemu Niukkanen.
November 1, 2016 § Leave a comment
I bet you didn’t expect to find Finnish pop music when you came to this website, but here it is and it’s rather spectacular as well. The new Delay Trees album Let Go is coming out in 2017 on Soliti Music, but the first single and outtake from the forthcoming album is already out, available and ready to drop into your heart. The song is called Brightest Eyes and it sounds mighty good.
October 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
I don’t even seem to have enough time to listen to music let alone write about it. Well other than this short midnight entry about Itä-Hollola Installaatio, because I freaking love this so much. New single Tyttöystävä is out now on Sound Of Finland. You can hear that beauty on any of those stream thingies. It’s damn good and some of the other stuff that is on Youtube and Bandcamp is even better. Whether it’s the band or Robert Ensio Niemistö solo, it’s all so good. Why the hell it took me so long to start listening to this kid? The man is like a genius.
October 16, 2016 § Leave a comment
New and and excellent Finnish roots music. Iron Country Sisters is a name that actually should have been mentioned on these pages over a year ago. I saw them at Korjaamo, Helsinki when they were supporting the great Canadian Daniel Romano and I really liked what I heard. The songs were good and the singing, well that was just brilliant. I really could listen to them sing all day long. The first single Lonely Tune has been out for a while. I hope we will get to hear an EP or a full-length album sometime in the not-too-distant future.
If you like Iron Country Sisters, I highly recommend the Applewood Road album that came early in the year. They also deliver beautiful folk, country sounds in 3-part harmonies. Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace and the self-titled Applewood Road album is a beauty.
October 16, 2016 § Leave a comment
These days I probably mostly feature country songwriters from East Nashville, but there’s still great things happening in Finland as well. This debut full-length The Iron Door from Is This Really Me easily falls into that category. According to the press release the key to opening The Iron Door is a psycho-analytical reading of Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Kamazarov. My personal Dostoyevsky education is limited to The Idiot and Crime and Punishment, so I’m not entirely sure did I find the door key, but at least the music found a window to my heart and I’m loving this album. This Helsinki-based band takes influence from folk music of the late sixties and early seventies. I think you can hear a fair share of pop melodies just as well. There’s definitely traces of indie pop in there and maybe someone like 80s -era The Go-Betweens is lurking somewhere close by. Well no matter, if I want to call it folk or pop or folk-tinged indie pop. The thing that matter is that the album is great and extremely highly recommended.
The Iron Door just came out on the Marsu on Paras label and it’s a beautiful LP+CD combo. You can buy a copy directly from them (info is on their facebook page) or from Levykauppa Äx. Here’s a couple of examples from the album.