Ken Stringfellow – Danzig in The Moonlight (Album of the Month + Finland tour this week)

This is a good week. Ken Stringfellow is touring in Finland and visits my hometown on friday. Hopefully I will get out of work in time to see the in-store concert at 8raita, but Dynamo in the evening for sure. The tour starts tomorrow at Telakka, Tampere and continues throughout the week. The full schedule is:

Ti 9.10.2012 Tampere, Telakka (+ Cry Bar)
Ke 10.10.2012 Joensuu, Kerubi (+ Ville Härkönen)
To 11.10.2012 Helsinki, Bar Loose (+ Bon Jouni)
Pe 12.10.2012 Turku, Dynamo (+ in-store show at 8raita record store, 6 pm)
La 13.10.2012 Oulu, 45 Special

I’m extremely excited. He’s the guy. Only guilty of writing the finest pop songs though. I’m a huge fan. Been ever since I found The Posies and Amazing Disgrace back in 1997. Times are good also because there’s a new Ken Stringfellow solo album entitled Danzig In The Moonlight. The album came out last week on Lojinx and it’s obviously the new album of the month here at the headquarters. It’s also leading my imaginary album of the year contest by a huge margin and someone has to release one amazing album, if Danzig in The Moonlight won’t be One Chord to Another’s favourite album of the year 2012.

Danzig in The Moonlight doesn’t play it too safe. It’s an ambitious pop album. I normally prefer simple things, but a pop genius like Ken Stringfellow has the talent to keep this constantly transforming beauty in line. Classic pop songs, fragile, intimate ballads, soulful moments, country-flavoured duet, progressive elements, a hint of electro. Despite the range of styles, it feels very comfortable to listen to it. Everything works. Well other than Odorless, Colorless and Tasteless and the ending of 4 am Birds The End Of A Light The Last Radio, but I won’t get stuck on those, because I love everything else about Danzig in The Moonlight. If I had to pick a favourite moment, it would be the last song You’re A Sign (with History Buffs as the close second). In my heart, it somehow feels like a companion piece to my another big KS solo favourite The Lover’s Hymn. Such a beautiful song, such a beautiful record. I suppose this was not an actual review, but Danzig In The Moonlight most definitely is a five hearts album.

Listen to Superwise from Danzig In The Moonlight:

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Ochre Room – Evening Coming In

I’ve been really lazy with the blog lately, but the release of this magical album cannot go completely unnoticed. Ochre Room’s debut album Evening Coming In came out today on Lumpeela julkaisut. I’ve had the chance to listen to it for a few weeks and it’s a really wonderful record. It’s an album that can even challenge Viljami Kukkonen’s Mörönsyötti on the Finnish album of the year contest. Mörönsyötti and Evening Coming In are certainly the top 2 Finnish albums of the year in my books. It’s almost frightening to think how good Ochre room might be in the future, because this debut already works for me perfectly. They are mastering the art of writing captivating folk rock / americana songs, the singing is gorgeous throughout the record and the arrangements are magically beautiful. This is the first single My Summer.

Ochre Room Website
Lumpeela Julkaisut website

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Flavour of the Month 5.10.2012 – Withered Hand (sco), Swaying Wires (+ Withered Hand Finland tour)

Flavour of the Month seem to be rather international these days. We have another international guest next Friday when wonderful Scottish folk singer-songwriter Dan Willson aka Withered Hand will share the stage with a great local group Swaying Wires. Withered Hand’s new 10″ EP Inbetweens will also get a Finnish release through Lumpeela Julkaisut in october and Withered Hand celebrates their upcoming massive stardom in Finland by playing three shows in Finland. The full Withered Hand Finland tour schedule is:

Thu 04.10. Telakka, Tampere
Fri 05.10. FOTM, Pikku-Torre, Turku (with Swaying Wires)
Sat 06.10. Korjaamo, Helsinki

This is the beautiful title track of the new EP Inbetweens:

I’m also excited to finally see Swaying Wires live. I still really like their demo songs that you can find from soundcloud. This one is entitled Brings Me Home.

And you’ll need a couple of Finnish lessons to read the rest.


Lokakuun Flavour Of The Month-illan artistivieraina kuullaan skotlantilaista, taiteilijanimellä Withered Hand esiintyvää Dan Willsonia sekä turkulaista Swaying Wires-yhtyettä. Aktit nousevat lavalle FOTMin kotiluolassa Pikku-Torressa perjantaina 5.10.

Edinburghilainen folktrubaduuri Withered Hand on kirvoittanut mairittelevia vertailuita kulttihullu Daniel Johnstoniin, ikiraakku Neil Youngiin sekä jopa Sufjan Stevensin ja Belle and Sebastianin kaltaisiin nimiin. Mediakirjoittelut sikseen: nettisivunsa ääninäytteiden perusteella kyseessä on persoonallinen, mukavalla tavalla kierokin laulaja-lauluntekijä, jonka musiikissa kuuluu hienosti skotlantilaisuus, vastakulttuuriasenne sekä silkka melodinen melankolia.

Swaying Wires tulee puolestaan Suomen Turusta ja valloittaa karhean juurevalla, tunnelmoivalla indie-americanalla The Walkaboutsin ja jopa Mazzy Starin hengessä.

Withered Hand (SCO)
Swaying Wires

+ FOTM DJ team
pe 5.10. 2012 klo 21-03
Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku
liput 4€


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