Hold the press! A quick news entry is in order, because bands like this are the reason onechord.net was once born.
I’m not sure did I wake into some alternative reality, because this morning I checked out my myspace account and found a new finnish pop band influenced by the greatest things in the world like The Posies, The Grays, Matthew Sweet, Nada Surf. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen too often, but thankfully now it did happen. The band is called Heartjet and it’s definitely not just the influences that matter. They are already a great powerpop band. Heartjet is Tuomas Strandman and Mikko Levonen (who also is/was in Sidelines) and they come from Lahti. They have recorded an album and are looking for a way to release it. So if you are looking for those onechord’s imaginary culture awards, release Heartjet’s album and you’ll get one.
Heartjet at myspace
I’ve been busy lately, but then I heard something that stopped time and I needed to write a quick blog entry.
Haruko: Goodbye My Love, Goodbye
That’s just breathtaking. Breathtakingly beautiful. Album coming out soon on the great Bracken Records (who also released that Ilona V single some time ago).
You can find more of these perfect folk songs on her myspace. The songs there are actually even greater than that video above.
Haruko at myspace
Tonight’s videos have a bird theme. First there’s 22-Pistepirkko classic Birdy. Their most famous song that was first released in 1992 on the album Big Lupu. Birdy is one amazing song. A true finnish classic. That chorus still leaves me speechless.
22-Pistepirkko at myspace
Anssi 8000 & Maria Stereo: Bachelorism
Now let’s jump to year 2008 and give the stage to Anssi 8000 & Maria Stereo. Bachelorism featured on their marvellous Duel album. I think it’s a great little rock song that reminds me of early Penniless (People of Bulgaria). An adorable video as well.
Anssi 8000 & Maria Stereo Website
Anssi 8000 & Maria Stereo at myspace
I mentioned Natuson in the forum a while ago, but this is worth another praise. Actually there were songs that I had not heard before on his myspace, so it was obviously a good thing I remembered him. A guess someone could say that these are just demos, but these songs have certain fragile beauty and down-to-earth warmness that make them already stand out. To be honest, if someone released these demos officially, I would buy the record on the day it was released. That’s how much I already like these. He might not have the strongest voice, but still his tender vocals beautifully carries the songs to my heart. The vocals are a big part of the charm. Sun and a Star might still be the most captivating song, but Only Angels and I’m Not Afraid are equally uplifting. These are great acoustic folk songs. Vulnerable, warm and oh se everlastingly beautiful.
Natuson at myspace