Finlandization

Kek-w on the Finnish music underground:

Perhaps it’s some weird past-life thing or maybe I’m just wired all wrong, but I feel some inexplicable echo of connection when I hear master jouhikko player Pekko Kappi coaxing weird alien drones from his horsehair lyre. To my uptight Western European ears it sounds strange and unearthly, yet it’s also somehow hauntingly familiar, as if he’s channelling some medieval version of the Velvet Underground.

(also, Kek-w’s blog is a daily visit)

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