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Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Chaos Magic

    Welcome to Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s garden of earthly delights! Chaos Magic is the Finn’s wildest statement yet – a double-album of elemental pop and baroque electronics that plots a thrilling course through the Jaakko universe, drawing on cosmic jazz, dub reggae, neon synthpop, tender ballads and psych-rock nirvana, the whole thing laced with melody and mystery.

    Largely written and recorded by Jaakko in his new home of Athens, Chaos Magic features musical contributions from Alma Jodorowsky, Jimi Tenor, Faux Real, Yu-Ching Huang and John Moods, as well as artwork by Flaminia Veronesi and illustrations by Vilunki 3000.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: There really is no way to narrow down Jaakko Eino Kalevi's music into genre, there is a propulsive edge to all of it but the propulsion ranges from drenched, Balearic groove to dusty minimal-wave percussion and swooning pop.

    Finnish psych-pop voyager Jaakko Eino Kalevi returns with a new release called ‘Dissolution’ via Weird World. Never one to repeat himself, these seven songs come from a sparkling new constellation in the Kalevi universe as he draws deep for a set that explores the cosmic implications of a life being well lived. On this release, Jaakko teams up with the Berlin- based Taiwanese singer Yu-Ching Huang; as he sings in his native tongue, she responds: “I won’t make contact / I enter the limit state.

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    Patrick says: Finland's king of psychedelic curveballs, quirky Balearic and off kilter synth jams returns with 'Dissolution', continuing his groove heavy journey into absurdist pop but with deeper emotional connection and a richer sound than ever before.

    TRACK LISTING

    Out Of Touch
    Dissolution
    I Am Looking Forward
    Uutiset
    The Source Of The Absolute Knowledge
    The Search
    Conceptual Medierranean (Part 2)

    In this age of constant connectivity, switching off has become one of the great luxuries of modern life and it’s one of the reasons Jaakko Eino Kalevi has called his new album ‘Out Of Touch’. He explores what he calls this “essential, blissed out” state on his second album for Weird World as he meditates, in classic Jaakko fashion, on the merrygo- round of the daily grind.

    TRACK LISTING

    China Eddie
    Emotions In Motion
    Outside
    This World
    Ballad Of A Cloud
    Night Chef
    Conceptual Mediterranean (Part 1)
    People In The Centre Of the City
    Fortune Cookie
    Lullaby

    Jaakko Eino Kalevi

    Jaakko Eino Kalevi

    Finnish songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi follows up on the global exposure of his essential Beats In Space release with a glorious LP of oddball pop songs-not-songs. Vivid, sensual and technicolour, the self titular LP sees the musician meld elements of disco, new wave, R&B, house, dub, pop and prog into a record that’s adventurous, original and full of charm. "JEK" opens the LP in emotive synth-soul form before fan favourite "Double Talk" bathes us in drifting new wave beauty. "Deeper Shadows" fuses pastoral prog melodies with a slick Timbaland style R&B groove and dub production, while "Say" and "Night At The Field" update "More Songs About Buildings And Food" for the modern listener. On "Mind Like Muscle", Destroyer, The XX and John Cale get nice and intimate in Jaako's mind, before he takes a leaf out of Ariel Pink's book for "Don't Ask Me Why". The final three tracks on this kaleidoscopic listening experience take in the leftfield disco of Arthur Russell, Laurie Anderson experimentalism and Jean Michel Jarre's "Souvenirs De Chine" to round off a career defining LP.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Martin says: Jaakko Eino Kalevi's output has drawn comparison with Aerial Pink's, but that would be a little misleading. There is irony in the music, but not just that; he undeniably loves the crisp, faultlessly crafted blend of soft rock, electronic pop and Euro-disco he is affectionately sending up. Perhaps it wouldn't be Finnish if it weren't shot through with a hint of melancholy, but that only adds to its strange charm.

    TRACK LISTING

    JEK
    Double Talk
    Deeper Shadows
    Say
    Mind Like Muscle
    Night At The Field
    Don’t Ask Me Why
    Room
    Hush Down
    Ikuinen Purkautumaton Jännite


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