Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Joonatan Elokuu & Mossycoat (UTUPUU03, 2011)

Hello Friends,

As some of you might already know, we are leaving Finland for good in a month or so for a new home somewhere South. For a long time now, we've been occupied with making arrangements and selling our belongings while sharing flats with our beloved friends & families. I even had to part with some of my beloved instruments...

It would be problematic for us to carry copies of our albums with us, so we've decided to make all of them available as a free download from this address. Including the brand new album 'Joonatan Elokuu & Mossycoat'.

This doesn't mean that the handmade CDrs are no longer available; we simply cannot guarantee that we can send them on time, nor that we would be carrying enough copies with us to meet with the demand.

Sincerely,
Joonatan

P.S. The info above applies also for Utupuu jewellery at www.utupuu.fi. In near/distant future the jewellery will be available internationally through Artfire. All items will be unique from now on!

P.P.S. Here's the the new album:













Download from
http://kiiltomatolyhty.bandcamp.com/

"Joonatan Elokuu & Mossycoat" (2011, Utupuu)

1. Prayer of the Mushroom-Eater
2. Autumn
3. Owlsong
4. Mountain of the Moon
5. Lantern in Her Hand
6. Roots
7. Matkalaulu
8. Prayer for Dying Trees
9. On the Shoreline
10. Leaves of Life - Elon Lehdet
11. Boat of Flowers
12. Amanita
13. Sininen Uni

Songs written & performed
by weary travelers laying low for the winter season 2010-2011.

Tracks 3, 5, 11 were written by Mossycoat (Helena Halla), and track 13 is a rendition of an old Finnish song originally written & composed by M. Haavio and T. Rautavaara. All other tracks were written by Joonatan Elokuu, except track 9, which was co-written by Mossycoat.

Instrumentation & Vocals - Joonatan Elokuu (guitar & Portuguese guitarra, harmonica, electronics, minstrel banjo, melodica, flutes, indian harmonium, cittern and mandolin) & Helena Halla (melodica, electronics, guitar)

Mastering - Mikko Määttä

From Psyche Van Het Folk:

"Joonatan Elokuu & Mossycoat (FIN,2011)****/*****

Stylistically Joonatan continues with his new album with intimate minstrel music, led by a whispery warm male voice in the vein of In Gowan Ring and a gentle female voice which gives beautiful alternation. The songs rooted in a bond with nature, mystics and the art of love and care, are accompanied by nylon string guitar strums and pickings, ghosty background sounds, a minimum of electronic pulses, small moody flute arrangements, a touch of organ, some mandolin, and a bit of mouth harmonica. Music to learn to use the imagination proportionally, make thoughts balanced through concentration thanks to the purpose of silence to make the senses available again."


Foxy Digitalis review HERE

"Joonatan Elokuu and Helena Halla’s collaborative effort on this album shows as a testament to old folk tradition.  Their arrangements show an obvious traditional background, setting wonderful melodies over slow-moving guitar and a variety of other instruments (melodica, banjo, harmonica, flute, etc.).  Helena’s vocals remind me a bit of Anne Briggs, and Joonatan’s are deep and smooth.
Though steeped in traditional elements, this is a very contemporary album.  There are points where reverb soaks up the music and sponges it out in swells.  Electronics are woven in and out of the record somewhere out beyond the music itself.  Whole environments are created for the music to be delivered in.
And it delivers.  Their songs tell stories – stories of their connection to nature, their growing older, their travels, their encounters.  They are told in whispers (literally, sometimes) and sweet, quiet recitation.  It’s really a nice bit of music that they’ve put together.
As a whole, however, it is just a bit slow-moving.  This becomes apparent due to the track “Matkalaulu,” which shows their ability to forge a solid, uptempo bit.  (“Matkalaulu” is also great because it’s a testament to the power of a good tune.  I couldn’t understand a word of it due to the language, but I couldn’t stop listening either!)  This album would be well served by a bit more variety.  That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t highly recommend a listen, though – Elokuu and Halla are very talented musicians!"

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