Freschard & Is This Really Me Finland Tour 30.3 – 1.4

Something rather special is happening within a couple of weeks. A magnificent French born, but Berlin-based songwriter Freschard has joined forces with Finnish band Is This Really Me and together they’ll do a short Finland tour that includes dates in Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä. I’m super excited, because as you might have noticed I’ve been extremely addicted to her songs and albums during the past few years. Shh.., Boom Biddy Boom and Sunday Night are all awesome. You’ll find some personal favourites at the end of this blog post. Clemence Freschard will be touring with another great tunesmith Stanley Brinks who plays guitar on these Finnish dates.

I’m also very eager to see Is This Really Me live for the first time. Their album The Iron Door was one of the finest Finnish albums of 2016.

Freschard & Is This Really Me Finland Tour:

30.03 Tenho, Helsinki
31.03 Flavour of the Month, Pikku-Torre, Turku
01.04 Art Museum, Jyväskylä (notice early showtime 16.00)

Freschard – Tweet Tweet (from Shh..)

Freschard – Not Ready (from Shh..)

Freschard – Investigate (from Boom Biddy Boom)

Freschard – Eagle Eyes (from Sunday Night)

Is This Really Me – Folk Song (from The Iron Door)

Is This Really Me – Cave (from The Iron Door)

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Bone Moon – The Writer EP

Bone Moon released their debut EP The Writer on the 3rd of March. They are a new band from Tampere led by ex-Ochre Room frontman Lauri Myllymäki. I had extremely high hopes for this one, because I absolutely loved Ochre Room. They put out a couple of albums that contained some of the finest Finnish folk rock / americana released in recent years. It was sad to see them call it a day, but thankfully Bone Moon is at least equally wonderful. Sure I miss the male-female harmonies a little bit, but the new band is very convincing and Lauri is continuously getting stronger and stronger as a songwriter. The Writer is an absolute beauty of an EP and a perfect start for this new group. The release party will be held at Telakka, Tampere on the 10th of March (with Laura Moisio). Here’s the music video for the title track. Directed by Sami Pöyry.

Bone Moon at Facebook

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Painikerho – Lovelle lasken lauluni EP

Painikerho will be releasing their debut EP Lovelle lasken lauluni on the 10th of February. They are a Turku-based indie rock trio whose music video Mä voisin pilata sun koko elämän started to gather a lot of attention a week or two ago. I was at work at the time and couldn’t wait to get back home and hit play, because based on what my friends said I was pretty sure I was going to love it. This was indeed the case. Mä voisin pilata sun koko elämän is a superb pop song. It’s melodic, catchy-as-hell and has a lot of cool harmonies. A whole lot of fun. Monstrously highly recommended.

Their EP will be released by Karhuvaltio Records this Friday. I haven’t heard the whole thing yet, so I have no idea is the rest of it equally amazing. The expectations sure are high after this first outtake

Painikerho Website

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Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki – Syvä joki (single + video)

Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki will be releasing their debut full-length in the spring of 2017. The excellent lead single Syvä joki is now out and available. Harri Joensuu ja Tomi Wahlroos also directed a mighty good music video for the song. I will get back to this when the album Maisemia hits the stores and my heart later in 2017. Meanwhile I will keep on spinning this gorgeous song.

Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki at Facebook

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Janne Laurila ja Tuhlaajapojat – Levylaulaja

A long time favourite Janne Laurila is getting ready to release a new full-length album in the spring of 2017. The first outtake, digital single Levylaulaja came out last Friday 3rd of February on Lumpeela julkaisut and it’s a good one, a damn good one. I’ve always loved his voice and he is also a lucky guy to have such a talented group of musicians around him. The arrangements on this one are top notch and lift an already really good song to a new level. Looking forward to hearing the new album in the spring.

On related news, there’s also at least one Janne Laurila plays Office Building concert coming up at Valoa Festival. Catch that if you can. Some my fondest live music memories are from the early 00s watching Janne Laurila play solo gigs at Vakiopaine under the Elvis clock. Both Office Building songs and selected covers from the likes of Vern Gosdin and Townes Van Zandt. Obviously To See Only Shadows is also one of my desert island discs for as long as I live. Not that I even need to take the disc with me, because the songs sort of became a part of who I am and I already carry them with me wherever I go.

Janne Laurila at Facebook

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