Four Arms to Hold You: Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus, MeriTuuli, Kielo Kärkkäinen & Amuri

The weather is too hot for staying inside blogging so instead I went outdoors to do the exactly same thing. Quite frankly it’s too hot here as well, but let’s do a small Finnish language special, because so much wonderful Finnish music has been released during the past month or so.

Starting from Tampere with the new Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus album Maapallon hautajaiset. It just came out last Friday 31st of May on Lumpeela Julkaisut and I’m very fond of it. The whole album is really good and contains engaging folk rock songs with a lot of pop sensibility. The biggest treasure on the album is the song called Kaikki oli paremmin ennen and this one should be a radio hit on every station.

Janne Tapion Sisäinen Avaruus Website

I’ve managed to miss MeriTuuli until their recent run of singles. I’m sort of ashamed about that, because based on these songs in question, not knowing about them feels like a criminal offence for a Finnish music blogger. Anyway, MeriTuuli is a Finnish folk/pop band led by twin sisters Meri and Tuuli Wallenius. They are releasing their new EP Yö Saimaalla next week and the early singles Ruusut and Minä Odotan are both wonderful. The first one also appeared in a form of a beautiful music video.

MeriTuuli Website

There’s also a new folk single from Kielo Kärkkäinen and this one is quietly spectacular. A light breeze of the music carrying the heavy burden of the lyrics. So easily and instantly enjoyable, yet there’s so much depth & detail. Keitä me olemme is the first single from a forthcoming album that will be released by Texicalli Records in the fall of 2019.

Kielo Kärkkäinen Website

This last song for today has been out for several months, but I think I’ve only posted it on the playlist. And well that’s just not right, because this is probably my favourite Finnish song of the whole year. It’s the debut single Halla from a new band called Amuri. The musicians aren’t actually newcomers though, because if you look at that cover photo above you might recognise some usual suspects. I love everything about this starting from that Asko Raivio homage in the cover art. A glorious wistful pop song that reminds me of Kaseva. What’s not to love. I hope there’s more on the horizon and Helmi Levyt will bring us more Amuri music during the coming months.

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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