Tomutonttu Ja Lehtisalo Tomutonttu Ja Lehtisalo

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July 12, 2024
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Finland has long had a uniquely progressive underground, with thriving punk, avant, jazz, and rock scenes with oversized output and impact. Jussi Lehtisalo's (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord, Mahti, etc) label Ektro has been at the center of this activity for the last three decades, with a stream of excellent and conceptually bonkers releases covering music of all types. Here Lehtisalo joins up with Jan Anderzén (of Kemialliset Ystävät among others) for an album of absolutely fun and unusual miniature duets that sound like alien Library music beamed in from the outerlands. Tracks like "Luukku Yksi" and "Puistossa" use a charmingly retro synth-y sound palate and Cluster-like melodic sensibility to make accessible some deceptively "out" music. Some cuts (like "Kylpy") have a vague hint of early '80s post-punk / new wave vibes, bouncing along in a friendly way with odd interjections of sample debris and electronics jumping out of the mix to keep it weird. The surging "Hymy yössä" could be music for the credits of the world's hippest newscast. Beautiful jacket by renown Helsinki-based artist Dylan Ray Arnold, bringing the die-cut techniques of their gallery pieces like "Growth of the Night Plants" to LP form.

Tracklist:
  • 1. Luukku Yksi
  • 2. Kylpy
  • 3. Nolla KÄRPÄSTÄ Yhdellä Iskulla
  • 4. Muinaisten Vitsausten Hylly
  • 5. Apina Putoaa
  • 6. Hymy Yössä
  • 7. Puistossa
  • 8. Luukku Kahdeksan / Autere

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