Flavour of the Month’s Springtime Jubilee: Flannelmouth & Klasu

The facts were these: Flavour of the Month’s Springtime Jubilee. Friday 28th of March at Pikku-Torre, Turku. Flannelmouth & Klasu share the stage. More information in the Finnish press release below. See you there.

Klasu – Herttaisin

Flannelmouth – What A Comeback


 
FLANNELMOUTH
KLASU

+ Flavour of the Month DJ team
pe 28.3. 2014 klo 21-03
Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku
VAPAA PÄÄSY!

Maaliskuun Flavour of the Month-klubi järjestetään perjantaina 28.3. Tuolloin esiintymisvuorossa ovat pitkän linjan indieveteraanit Flannelmouth sekä mielenkiintoinen uusi sooloartisti Klasu.

Helsinkiläinen Flannelmouth aloitti uransa jo hamalla 90-luvulla suuren brittipopvillityksen jälkimainingeissa, mutta on kunnioitettavasti säilynyt hengissä ja eläväisenä näihin päiviin asti. Nykymuodossaan bändin sointi on saanut alkuaikojen britpop-vaikutteiden päälle roimasti tummempia tunnelmia ja jylhempiä sävyjä. Yhtye on juuri saanut valmiiksi uuden täyspitkän albumin, joka ei ehdi ilmestymään ennen FOTM-vierailua, mutta jolta lienee odotettavissa maistiaisia livesetissä.

Klasu on yhtä kuin Helsingissä asuva laulaja-lauluntekijätulokas Lasse Toimi, joka on tuttu soittajana (ja Flavourin lavaltakin) bändeissä kuten Common Tones, Wojciech, Traffic Island ja Koria Kitten Riot. Toimi on pitkään haaveillut suomenkielisten kappaleidensa äänittämisestä ja esittämisestä. Nyt tekeillä on ensimmäinen soololevy ja keikkailukin on käynnistynyt; taannoin Klasu mm. lämmitteli Samuli Putroa Turun keikalla. Hieno näyte Klasun materiaalista on lupauksia herättävä single ja video Herttaisin, jolla mukana kuullaan herkkää jousikvartettia.

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Ben Fisher – Charleston

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Still going through my early 2014 favourites in hope of catching up before the year is over. During the last year, I’ve backed 4 or 5 Kickstarter / indiegogo projects. Ben Fisher is a great young folk singer-songwriter from Seattle, WA and his new full-lenght album Charleston was one of the projects that I backed. Charleston came out in February and has been in heavy rotation ever since. The quality of the song material is high throughout the record. I’m especially addicted to a couple of these songs. The opener Mason Jar is really gorgeous and what about Dublin Blues Pt. 2. I think it’s still my favourite Ben Fisher song. It already appeared on the Roanoke EP, but how could one leave that out. That song. Everything about that song. And then there’s this one below. The excellent title track and first single Charleston. You can stream / buy the whole thing at bandcamp.

Ben Fisher at Bandcamp
Ben Fisher at Facebook

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Album of the Month: Pietarin spektaakkeli – Rakkauteen

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I have a confession to make. I kind of filed Pietarin spektaakkeli into the kuuntelematta paskaa -category. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Thankfully Aki had this playing at 8raita record store while I was there and it was an instant love affair. There was not a chance I was going to leave that store without the record in my bag. A few hours later I filed Rakkauteen by Pietarin spektaakkeli into the best thing ever category.

Rakkauteen is a magnificent album and I can’t seem to get tired of it at all. And I’ve tried real hard by listening to it for hours and hours. The video song Tyttö lähtee tanssimaan is my least favourite and maybe that’s why I had some doubts about the overall quality of the album. Nothing really wrong with that either and everything else sounds perfect to me. Easy going blues, 70s/80s Suomi-rock, hip hop. A refreshing combination. I’m not good at describing it, but I’m loving it wholeheartedly. I usually stay far away from the hyped albums, because I hardly ever like them that much. But this thing is so worth all the hype and more. I can already guarantee that this will be on my top 10 Finnish albums of the year 2014 list and even though many of my favourite bands will release an album this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if this takes the first place. I don’t really write proper reviews anymore, but I still have to add those hearts below, because Rakkauteen is so worth all those five hearts.

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Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Puerto Rico (haaveissani)


 
Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Maalta kaupunkiin


 

Pietarin spektaakkeli at Facebook

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