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Alternative & Indie - Released November 22, 2019 | Weird World

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Jaakko is back, along with his long hair and his sparkling pop music. Dissolution follows on from the sunny Out of Touch, the cover picturing the Finn sprawled out on the sand, and who's still under-recognised music got us dancing with its polished and airy 80s synth-wave melodies. At only seven tracks, this mini-album opens with Out of Touch and falls into the category of sophisticated ‘indoor’ dance tracks, with a more complex and dense instrumentation, sounding more like Ariel Pink than ever before (I Am Looking Forward). There is a surprise in store in the form of part two of the sensual Conceptual Mediterranean, which radiated with its scintillating synths and fragile feminine voice on Out of Touch. Here it is more of a case of thick layers of saxophone, chilly keyboards (Uutiset), heavy usage of the bass and singing in his native language. He is joined by the Taiwanese Yu-Ching Huang, notably on The Source of Absolute Knowledge, a sort of return to the cold wave genre. More enigmatic and dance-driven, less sensual but still finely produced, Dissolution is slightly less accessible than we are accustomed to, as it invites us inside to a Berlin basement for reflection instead of out in the open. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

Alternative & Indie - Released October 12, 2018 | Weird World

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Out of Touch is the sophomore album from Finnish indie-electronica artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi and follows his 2015 self-titled debut. Recorded in 2017 in Berlin and Helsinki, the album sees Kalevi expanding his sound palette while keeping the new wave, '80s-influenced sound of his debut intact. The single "Emotions in Motion" is included. ~ Rich Wilson
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 30, 2019 | Weird World

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 15, 2015 | Weird World

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Though Jaakko Eino Kalevi is the Finnish producer/multi-instrumentalist's official debut album, he spent years releasing albums and EPs that ranged from Modern Life's coldwave explorations to the disco-inspired Yin Yang Theater to the hazy pop of Dreamzone. Kalevi combines a little of all of these styles, and several more, into a musical portrait that deserves to bear his name; he even turns his moniker into a surprisingly effective hook on the misty opening track "J.E.K.," which sets the stage for the rest of the album's fog-swathed excursions. Thanks to his previous genre-hopping, he gives the album more range than might be expected. "Double Talk"'s glassy perfection rivals the smoothest of soft rock hits; the mix of bouncy keyboards and sleek beats on "Deeper Shadows" sounds like library music gone disco; and "Night at the Field" injects some tension into the album's otherwise breezy world. Elsewhere, the whimsy and ease with which he reclaims and repurposes sounds dismissed by some as cheesy on songs like "Say" and "Don't Ask Me Why" recall the gently subversive work of Connan Mockasin and Shintaro Sakamoto. Indeed, Kalevi is so skilled at creating a lush, whispery dreamworld that, at times, the album threatens to become lovely sonic wallpaper; fortunately, sharper-edged tracks such as "Hush Down" and the synth and sax epic "I Kuinen Purkautumaton Jännite" prevent it from fading into the background. A bit of a grower, Jaakko Eino Kalevi is a subtly enticing album that establishes his niche within experimental pop. ~ Heather Phares
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Electronic/Dance - Released March 1, 2010 | Helmi Levyt

Electronic/Dance - Released November 27, 2015 | Weird World

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Pop - Released September 14, 2011 | Helmi Levyt

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 12, 2018 | Weird World

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 2, 2018 | Weird World

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 24, 2014 | Beats In Space

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 10, 2018 | Weird World

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Electronic/Dance - Released January 1, 2012 | Helmi Levyt

Electronic/Dance - Released June 1, 2015 | Weird World

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 23, 2015 | Weird World

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 12, 2015 | Weird World

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  • Jaakko Eino Kalevi back in touch
    Jaakko Eino Kalevi back in touch Fans of the Finnish artist will certainly enjoy the progression of "Dissolution", this new dance-driven album, out now and available in Hi-Res 24-Bit quality.