Album of the Month: Gim Kordon – Ei ole helppoo

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I’ve been mostly exhausted for a month, because the day job has been a bit of a nightmare. Therefore I haven’t even selected a new album of the month until now. But of course I knew it all along that it was going to be this debut album Ei ole helppoo by Gim Kordon. Heck, this thing pretty much kept my body running and mind somewhat sane during those 10-12 hour shifts. This isn’t entirely flawless, but damn it feels good to listen to this. In some way, I come from the same place as this album. This is influenced by the same music that reshaped my heart back in the 90s and early 00s. A bit of US indie, a bit of Australian indie and a whole lot of Finnish obviously. This is my youth squeezed into a box. Despite all this, it doesn’t feel like this is something old and borrowed. I do find Ei ole helppoo unique and original 2014 album. And damn how I love listening to it. The early singles Ei ole helppoo and Sä oot mun unelma, beibe still sound perfect to me. Other big favourites are the candy machine -flavoured Kaikki on hyvin and Sateessa which has my favourite chorus of the year. I can pinpoint that exact moment in my life.

Ei ole helppoo by Gim Kordon is a wonderful album. It was released by Soliti Music on 9th of may, 2014. You’ll find a few samples below. First Sä oot mun unelma, beibe and then the video of the title track Ei ole helppoo.

Gim Kordon at Facebook

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Marine Dreams – Lemon Tree

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One of my favourite Canadian labels You’ve Changed Records (home of Daniel Romano, Marine Dreams, The Weather Station, Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle..) announced last week that a new Marine Dreams album Lemon Tree will hit our hearts on the 22nd of May. This is big news for me, because I absolute loved the previous album Corner Of The Eye. I spent hours and hours listening to it and Marine Dreams ended up on my top 10 for the year 2013 in both the best albums and the best songs category. This Ian Kehoe guy is just so damn good at this thing called music. I can’t wait to hear the new album Lemon Tree in a few days. This is the first outtake from the forthcoming album Constant Love. Another future classic for sure.

Marine Dreams at Facebook
You’ve Changed Records Website

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The Lieblings, David Myhr, The JAC

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Hey it’s finally hot out there. So we need a summer single. Finnish pop group The Lieblings can take care of this small matter. They are currently working on new material and released a brand new single Big Girls (Of Summer) a week or two ago. Sounds mighty good as always. Big Girls (Of Summer) goes like this.

The Lieblings Website

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Swedish master of melodic pop music David Myhr released a wonderful solo album Soundshine back in 2012. His new release Record Collection EP came out on few weeks ago on Lojinx. This is a digital only EP. You can get it from his label Lojinx (or iTunes). There’s also a lyric video for the excellent title track. I’m sure this will make most pop geeks (like yours truly) smile. This is Record Collection.

David Myhr Website

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The JAC is back with a new single called Love Dumb. This thing came out in March 2014, but yeah. I’m kind of slow these days. The JAC is a project led by Australian pop superhero Joe “Big in Finland” Algeri. The debut album was a solo effort, but nowadays The JAC seems to be a band. This is Love Dumb from the forthcoming second The JAC album.

Joe Algeri at Bandcamp

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