Ben Fisher – Charleston


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
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Album of the Month: Pietarin spektaakkeli – Rakkauteen


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.


Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Puerto Rico (haaveissani)

Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Maalta kaupunkiin


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Joutomies Aleksei – Joutomies Aleksei


I briefly mentioned folk band Joutomies Aleksei back in 2010 after hearing the song Kolmipäinen koira. I haven’t really followed them that closely during the recent years, but today I was on a coffee break at work and saw their FB status mentioning the release of a debut album. When I closed the factory door behind me, I searched it on Spotify and had the most enjoyable drive back home. I liked it so much that I couldn’t leave the car before the record was over. Burning unnecessary gasoline was not an option, but I just sat there in the parking lot listening to Joutomies Aleksei until it finished. I laughed a little, I cried a little and I liked it a lot. Joutomies Aleksei’s excellent debut album is out now on the small but excellent Ei-No Records. This is the opening track Kolmipäinen koira.


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