A few tunes from Finland’s Puunhalaaja have appeared on our pages previously, but now we’re bringing you the stream of the group’s new LP, Kari. Now, for listeners in the States, the foreign tongue might be a barrier, but please give yourself a few minutes, even just the first tune. That first track starts off subtley, careful guitar strums and a nice soft vocal. Then there’s a sudden bright burst of guitar pop, albeit for a short instant before returning. It’s the classic quietloudquiet formula that many indie rock fans find vital, and it’s employed consistently throughout the whole of Kari. The band even give in to their rocking desires with the album’s title track a quick jaunt through noisy pop. Go on, adventure off with this wondrous record, and if you’re inclined, pick it up from the band’s label, Soliti…available today!
We’re all about to head off into the holiday quiet with our own personal listening stations and Spotify playlists, but before we all break until the new year, we wanted to drop this brand new track from Helsinki’s Puunhalaaja, who’ve we spotlighted before. What’s of immediate importance on this new recording is that Sebastian Forss has fleshed out his one-man band to include three new members. The move expands the band’s sound, as one would expect, but while the sound is fleshed out, it very much carries the spirit of the first album. You’ll hear a striking focus on the acoustic guitar, layered with strings, percussion and touches of the atmospheric…all leaving plenty of room for the beautiful vocals of Forss. Look for a new LP in 2018 from Soliti, and for now, warm yourself with this tune.
Listening to Puunhalaaja, and bands like Dungen, reminds me of the power of music. I clearly have no idea what the band’s name means, nor what the lyrics hold, but I’m drawn to the Finnish artist regardless. There’s a smooth emotion sitting in the groove of the guitar work, and the vocals feel extremely familiar, at least in their tone. Music, I suppose, always lives in its emotive qualities, be it the song you lost your virginity to or something that connects to you more deeply; it matters to us because we leave affected. I look forward to seeing what else happens when the debut album is dropped on Soliti Music on November 20th.
It’s Friday and it’s been a really slow week in the music world, which is perfect because I’ve had to get back and hunt to find some gems. Luckily, I didn’t have to search for this great track from Puunhalaaja; it was sent to me by our friends at Soliti Music. I think the hardest thing for American audiences will be that the music is sung in an entirely different language, which is the ONLY detractor. Musically, it’s a great piece of songwriting. The guitar has this intimate quality, and the vocals are really pleasant; I don’t even want to mention the nice symphonic touches that make me melt. This self-titled album will be released by Soliti on November 20th.