This is not really a list. I didn’t buy enough EPs to make a top 10, but there were two little discs that I really loved and therefore I want to mention them.
Nopat: Kaupungit ihmiset
If Kaupungin ihmiset had been an album, it would have made the top ten on the album list. If there had been “the best finnish releases of the year” -list on this blog, Kaupungin ihmiset would have taken the second spot after A Cab To The City. This is a fantastic little disc and Nopat can really turn an everyday struggle into stress-free and serene beauty. They are the perfect antidote against all those “self-made hurry” situations that most of us are so good at creating. This is warm & beautiful in the vein of Excuses Of Travellers. What a lovely release.
Nopat at myspace
Heartjet: Goodbye, Stan
Heartjet’s digital only EP Goodbye, Stan introduces a new finnish power pop band/duo. There certainly aren’t too many of those around nowadays and therefore I’m obviously excited about the fact that there’s a new power pop band in the country. However, that excitement wouldn’t last very long, if they weren’t any good at it. Thankfully there’s no need to worry about that. They are pretty damn good already and all five songs on the EP are wonderful. Extremely highly recommended.
Heartjet at myspace
If I’ve been a little lazy lately, it’s got to stop now. Some great things are going on. Same kind of things that made me start One Chord To Another nine years ago. Finnish pop bands are releasing wonderful music. The new Bookends album mentioned in the earlier news entry proved to be marvellous and I’m really looking forward to the next FOTM at Pikku-Torre on 3rd of december. Bookends & Markus Perttula share the stage. I will be (part of) the FOTM DJ Team.
Heartjet have just released a digital EP entitled Goodbye Stan and I love it. You will probably love it as well, if melodic powerpoppin’ goodness is the kind of thing you are looking for. This is the debut release from this fairly new pop duo and things certainly look good, because all five songs on the EP are pretty amazing. My own favourite at the moment is Do You Doubt It? which sounds like a perfect The Posies and Penniless symbiosis. The EP is available at iTunes, 7Digital, meteli.net etc. Check out the full list of digital retailers on their myspace and/or listen all the songs on their bandcamp page. Extremely highly recommended and marvellous stuff like some cool people might say.
Heartjet at myspace
Heartjet at Bandcamp
Flavour of the Month club at Pikku-Torre (Turku) on friday 6th of november. I’ll be there. Hopefully you will be there as well. Press release below.
Flavour Of The Monthin sydänklinikka
Turkulaisen indieklubi Flavour Of The Monthin sydän sanoo pum pum pum marraskuun livesessioissa. Perjantain 6.11. klubi-illassa kuullaan livenä laadukasta kotimaista indiekitarapoppia. Esiintymässä ovat harvakseltaan keikkaileva, legendaariselle amerikkalaiselle indiemerkille Shelflifelle levyttävä Cats On Fire- ja Le Futur Pompiste-yhteyksiä omaava Burning Hearts sekä lahtelainen nouseva powerpop-kyky Heartjet. Sydänklinikan kirurgeina äänilevyitä luennoivat Flavour Of The Monthin DJ:t.
FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH esittää:
+ FOTM DJ team
pe 6.11. 2009 klo 21-03
Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku
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