Paavoharju

    sychedelic music born of cabin fever. Weird pastel electronica. Bizarre
    cut and paste loops. Hazy, mist-clad experimentalism. Eternal drone
    theatrics. The music of Finland’s Paavoharju, now preparing for the
    release of their 3rd album, is difficult to pin down. The Wire dubbed
    the music as “home-taped experimentation married to pop ecstasy”, and
    the albums “Yhä hämärää” (2006) and “Laulu laakson kukista” (2008) found
    the band worldwide cult fame in the indie scene.

    October 2013 sees the release of the band’s third album, titled “Joko
    sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen sinne” on Svart Records. Main
    composer Lauri Ainala’s penchant for progress and experimentation found
    him at a point where it was necessary for Paavoharju to renew itself.
    The major stylistic change on the new album is the inclusion of hip hop
    elements, with rap vocals performed by Paperi T (also of the Helsinki
    hip hop group Ruger Hauer), but the handling of these influences is
    unconventional. Paavoharju’s brand of hip hop is far removed from its
    roots, taken off the streets and thrown into the nocturnal forests of
    Finland.

    Familiar building blocks from the group’s previous work, such as the
    array of female voices and troubadour Joose Keskitalo, are still there,
    but they are distant, often drowned in swathes of electronic haze,
    sometimes just barely audible as if a faded memory of something that
    once was. The major theme on “Joko sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen
    sinne” is alienation – how things familiar turn into things distant and
    strange. Speaking of the album, Ainala compares it to an old family
    homestead to which one returns after decades and in whose decayed state
    there is both horror and beauty.