Flavour of the Month 2.3.2012: David Myhr (SWE), Heartjet

There’s a very special Flavour of the Month taking place at Pikku-Torre, Turku on friday 2nd of march, 2012. Ex-Merrymaker David Myhr will be playing a solo concert with great Finnish duo Heartjet as the support act.

I’ve already praised The Merrymakers enough (ok, that might not be possible, they were so brilliant), so let’s focus on things happening now. David Myhr’s solo debut Soundshine came out in Japan last december and will be released in Europe at the end of march by the great british pop label Lojinx (Farrah, FOW, Brendan Benson, Pugwash…). I’ve not heard the full album yet, but based on the first outtakes, David Myhr is in top form and capable of creating timeless melodies and insanely catchy pop songs. Check out these videos if you don’t take my word for it. And do come to the show at Pikku-Torre on 2nd of march.

And there’s more. David Myhr will have a great support act. Finnish Heartjet might be still a bit unknown, but that’s just criminal. Their digital releases Goodbye Stan EP and Grace/World single are both excellent pop releases. Listen to below.

FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH esittää:
aika: pe 2.3. klo 21-03
livenä: DAVID MYHR (SWE, ex-Merrymakers) & HEARTJET
paikka: Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku
liput: 4€

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Year 2011 Round-Up Part 5 – The best Finnish songs (unreleased or self-released)

Title pretty much covers it all. These are Finnish songs that I absolutely love and adore. Some are waiting to be released, some will probably (and unfortunately) forever remain unreleased, some are self-released. All are utterly wonderful. I hope I didn’t forget anyone really important. Of course there’s plenty of others I really enjoyed as well, but these are the ones I really loved the most. It’s actually rather pointless to divide these finnish songs into label-stuff and unreleased, because let’s face it. If I make a top 30 finnish songs of the year list, these all would make it to that list.

Here we go (again).. These are not in any specific order.

Carmen & The Devil – Love Drove My Baby Away & Tell-Tale Heart

Impossible to decide between these two Carmen & The Devil originals, so I have to include them both. It’s definitely been a year of Carmen & The Devil at this household. I loved their concerts and those three limited edition cassettes. Playing just the kind of music I love these days and doing it exceptionally well. Country duets, traditional folk songs, great cover choices, beautiful originals. Hopefully an album next year.


 

 

Carmen & The Devil at Facebook

Tolbiac – Elokuussa

Just how amazing is this song? The radio host of the highest order and the writer of the legendary indie hit Purkkaa , the international man of mystery, Tolbiac returned with a couple of stunning songs. Especially this song entitled Elokuussa is so good that I could listen to it all day long.


 

Heartjet – Grace

A big onechord.net favourite, power pop duo Heartjet gave a couple of new songs for free. Grace & World are both awesome. A bit more serene than before, but equally great.

Heartjet at facebook

Puskii! – Mä haluun bändin

Puskii! has an album ready, but it seems to take a long while to get it out and available. A big shame, because I love listening to them. This song is a whole lot of fun and sometimes that’s everything you need.


 

Puskii! at Facebook

The Wonderminers – Stars in the Window

Petri Nakari’s new band released a digital 4-song EP that is a thing of beauty and takes a high place on the best EPs of the year list, if I decide to make one. This slice of pop heaven is called Stars In The Window.


 

The Wonderminers Website
The Wonderminers at Facebook

Swaying Wires – Never Fade

Swaying Wires is a new band from Turku and I’m enjoying them more and more each day. They have four songs over at Soundcloud. I can’t really decide which one I like the most, because they are all extremely good. I previously posted Bluebird, so let’s go with Never Fade this time around. It brings to mind early Songs: Ohia occasionally. I’m loving it.


 

Swaying Wires at Facebook
Swaying Wires at Blogspot

The Spoonshiners – Three Years

The Spoonshiners EP hits all the right spots for a fan of 90s US indie, and 70s power pop. I especially loved this track called Three Years, because it reminded me of things like Dinosaur JR and Buffalo Tom.


 

The Spoonshiners at Facebook

Treehouse – By The Lake

I was totally into this song early in the year and it still sounds brilliant. Just a fantastic pop song. A bit of TFC, a bit of Popsicle and a bit of country. A perfect formula if you ask me. And I love those harmonies..

Treehouse – By the Lake from Hessu on Vimeo.

Treehouse at Facebook

Matti Jasu & The Loose Train – Fingers Crossed

And then a really late favourite. This outtake from the upcoming Matti Jasu & The Loose Train album is friggin’ great. I loved Matti Jasu’s work at Goodnight Monsters and this new stuff seem to be equally awesome.

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Heartjet – Grace / World

Today was a good day. Early morning football and when I returned home, I found two new Heartjet songs. I injected them into my heart through headphones and instantly fell in love with them. The songs are entitled Grace and World and you can download them for free on their bandcamp. The new songs are bit less powerpoppin’ than the debut EP, but equally wonderful pop music. Just bit more serene and beautiful this time around. I hope they get the debut album out and available sometime next year. I’ve just loved them since the day the myspace request hit my inbox back in 2009 and the feeling is getting stronger every day.

Listen here. Download on their bandcamp:

Heartjet at Facebook

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Review: Heartjet – Goodbye, Stan EP

Heartjet: Goodbye, Stan EP (2010)

I’ve written about this finnish power pop duo a few times, but Heartjet deserves another push. After all, onechord.net exists because of bands like Heartjet. Nowadays there just aren’t too many bands around that are influenced by the greatest bands/artists ever like The Posies, Jason Falkner, Brendan Benson, Matthew Sweet and Nada Surf. Therefore when new one enters the picture and shows that they can also write great songs themselves, it is a huge deal here at the onechord headquarters.

Goodbye, Stan EP is only available as a digital download, but it’s definitely worth buying even for those old bastards like myself who still prefer those round thingies. Sure it’s not the greatest power pop release you’ll ever hear, but they are pretty damn good already. If you have any interest towards 90’s power pop scene etc, I’m sure you will enjoy this. The songs are great and the harmonies are beautiful. It ranges from The Posies-influenced rockin’ power pop towards almost folky alternative pop and everything sounds really good. My favourite is still the powerpoppin’ greatness of Do You Doubt It?. The influences clearly shine through, but who cares when the influences couldn’t be any better and the song is marvellous. Goodbye, Stan is a really good debut EP. I’m looking forward for more.

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