Finnish Does It Better: The New Album By Eleanoora Rosenholm

There’s something I don’t get, when it comes to the Finnish music that I listen to. Be it the two amazing albums by Paavoharju, or the strange songwriting of Islaja, I always get the feeling that the musicians in that part of the world, are somewhat jumpy people, almost unfocused like me, as the songs always combine fragments of sounds, or parts of melodies – and every other second you’re about to be surprised.

But of course, these are nice surprises.

The third album by Eleanoora Rosenholm (that’s a band, not a woman), is just like that. Lucky I’m not a music critic, coz I would find hard times in describing this sometimes strange mash up between 80’s tiny drum machine, Gregorian chants, club beats, talks in Finnish and beautiful singing vocals. There’s a story behind this album, which obviously I couldn’t understand, but according to the Fonal website : The third installment is an even gloomier prospect (if possible) than before: this time the protagonist, housewife serial killer Eleanoora escapes to the heart and the city of a dark star.

This new album of theirs, Hyväile minua pimeä tähti is one of these records that you know you simply have to listen to, time after time after time, to find new layers and meaning, sounds and melodies. It’s one of these albums that you feel as if you’re into a maze, that has a trophy in the end of each corridor. Like George Harrison said – If you don’t know where you’re going – any road will take you there. And this album is just that. Beautiful and highly recommended.

Eleanoora Rosenholm – Kolo

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