If you’re not familiar with the ISO50 blog, Scott Hansen (from Tycho) and some of his pals share their inspirations with the world, be it art, photography or music. Â I’ve gotten into a lot of really great artists and bands through the blog, and today I stumbled across Finland-born musician Jaakko Eino KaleviÂ Â and immediately loved him. Â His single,Â “No End”, is impossibly enjoyable, ripe with saxophones, vintage synthesizers and a creeping, steady bassline that reminds me of a poppier version of Dirty Beaches.
It came out in 2013 (sorry ’bout that), and it appears to be sold out in most of the distro sites. Â Norman Records has some copies, though, so if you enjoy this stuff as much as I do, get after it.
Self-taught multi-instrumentalist and part-time tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi already has a number of releases to his name but very few of them have so far found their way out of his native Helsinki. The four-track Dreamzone EP is his debut for Weird World and it is stage one of their plan to launch him onto a wider marker.
A long-player is due early this year, and if the varied Dreamzone is anything to go by it could be quite something. EP opener, â€śMemoriesâ€ť, is full of smooth synth work and a straightforward beat nicked from â€śBillie Jeanâ€ť. It then becomes a lush exercise in outsider pop, borrowing weirdo psyche-pop manoeuvres from kindred spirit Ariel Pink and equally recalling the more recent works of Dan Bejarâ€™s Destroyer â€“ all be Dreamzone a little more shoestring. Next up, â€śUu uu uuâ€ť, which really should read â€śooh ooh oohâ€ť, is supremely funky, bringing soft-focus bossa nova vibes to Kaleviâ€™s Casio programmes and castanets.
Obviously itâ€™s all very 80s, even on the understated â€śNo Endâ€ť, its nebulous electro-pop having echoes of acts like Helado Negro, but â€“ warning â€“ so too does it contain an indulgent dose of electronic sax and an auto-tuned dial-tone during the out-there finale. Seeing through Kaleviâ€™s threat of being influenced by none other than classic â€śRoad To Hellâ€ť crooner Chris Rea, the wistful closer â€śWhen You Walk Through Them Allâ€ť has plenty of late-night FM in its DNA, not to mention a dash of mute disco and more sax. As likely then to be hated as he is loved, Kalevi is nevertheless exploring a singular passion and doing it with credibility â€“ which when you think about the context of his experiment is no mean feat at all. That forthcoming LP could be indeed be quite something.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive