Have you ever heard this great Finnish garage synth-pop band with the great band title? The Kouvola trio’s music does sound like a Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS: chipper, colorful, and best listened to while dancing in your house while wearing legwarmers. Sounding at first like an enduring tribute to ’80s daytime cheer, about halfway through, “Sheep” turns into loud and distorted sing-a-long as grand as Titus Andronicus. It’s exciting stuff, and it’s a reason to be on the lookout for this band more throughout 2018.
Mikko Joensuu‘s “There Used To Be A Darkness” is the first taste of the Finnish musician’s upcoming album, Amen 2, the second of an album trilogy all named Amen (Amen 1, Amen 2, andAmen 3). As the name suggests, the music evokes a sort of spiritual serenity with its glowing electronic ambience. But then a Stone Roses-like groove kicks in and you feel like you’re in a Jason Bourne movie trailer.
If Joensuu can make 11-minutes seem like not enough time for a song, then I can’t wait to hear the rest of Amen 2.