Joensuu 1685 – ‘Joensuu 1685’

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Joensuu 1685 (pronounced Yo-Anne-Sioux Sixteen-Eighty-Five) have been spinning in my house over the past few weeks. You may remember their 2008 self-titled debut; an elaborate mix of noise rock, psych and experimental feedback. The band is three Finnish twenty somethings; Mikko Joensuu, Markus Joensuu and Risto Joensuu. Together they teamed up with Medicine’s Brad Laner to release a 10 inch split but are currently on hiatus. Hit up BB Island for the vinyl.

 
Joensuu 1685 – ‘Joensuu 1685’

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Mumrunner – ‘Sputnik’

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Mumrunner have announced their new EP ‘Gentle Slopes’ will be with us on September 9 through Soliti (digital) and Wolves & Vibrancy (vinyl)! Must say, the vinyl printed skeletons look amazing (see here). The Finnish reverb rockers also served up their latest single ‘Sputnik’, the follow up to ‘Shawshank‘. The band had this to say, “Sputnik has it’s roots in the Finnish district of Kaleva. It’s a place where half of our band members live. It’s where we rehearse, play football, make love, money and hang out. The Sputnik probe started a new era in a mankind’s history many years ago. So did moving to Kaleva for Mumrunner. And to be honest, there’s also a bit  of a soviet feeling in the neighbourhood.”

 
Mumrunner – ‘Sputnik’

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Mumrunner – ‘Shawshank’ [Premiere]

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Mumrunner are back with ‘Shawshank’! It’s a pleasure to present the first public stream of the single, lifted from their forthcoming EP (coming soon from Soliti). The Finnish reverb rockers impressed with last year’s ‘Full Blossom’ EP. It featured ‘Bond’ which was praised by radio and the blogosphere, it lead to the German and Japanese release of the EP and an extensive European tour last fall.

 
Mumrunner – ‘Shawshank’ [Premiere]

Mumrunner explain the new single; “The soundscape of Shawshank is scaled down slightly and distortion is used more sparingly than before. The song is strongly melodic and there’s a lot of interaction between guitars. Shawshank tells a tragic tale of the way people squander their lives. Everything there is to say has been said and sung at quite an early stage, and after an oppressive standstill, the song increases instrumentally bit by bit towards its massive ending.”

‘Shawshank’ is available from May 9 from all digital outlets.

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Mumrunner – ‘Full Blossom’ EP

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Soliti present Mumrunner‘s ‘Full Blossom’ EP, now available digitally (with vinyl on the way this July through Wolves & Vibrancy Records). The Finland foursome craft melodic reverb rockers that meld post punk, dream pop and shoegaze. It’s a delicate combination of pop hooks with a rock delivery, not many bands pull it off but Mumrunner make it sound easy. The lead single ‘Bond’ immediately impressed and the remaining four EP cuts are also worth your while.

 
Mumrunner – ‘Full Blossom’ EP

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Kairon; IRSE! – ‘Valorians’

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It’s time to put Kairon; IRSE! on your radar if they aren’t already. The Finland foursome have steadily gained praise (and exposure) since the release of their second album ‘Ujubasajuba‘ featuring the stunning opener ‘Valorians’. It’s a thunderous, experimental record that breaks down genre expectations, a unique mix of post-rock, psych, shoegaze and prog rock. Not to mention falsetto vocals and, saxophones! By all means it should be a disaster but Kairon; IRSE! pull it off. After several listens it still surprises, full stream below. You MUST listen to track four ‘Swarm’. Incredible!

 
Kairon; IRSE! – ‘Valorians’

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