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KUUPUU - Ykehr

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Dekorder 016
Release Year: 2006
Note: first LP - kind of "best of" compiling material from her first 4 CDR releases
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.50

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"jonna karanka aka kuupuu is one of the main movers of the (deservedly) much hyped finnish psychedelic free folk scene. originally hailing from tampere she is known as a core member of avarus, anaksimandros, kukkkiva poliisi and maniacs dream. additionally, she has recently started hertta lussu ss with lau nau and islaja and has collaborated with tomutonttu (aka jan anderzen of kemialliset ystvt) and paavi (as lussu ja paavi). "ykehr" is the first of two vinyl-only lp's on the dekorder label compiling the best material from her first four cd-r and cassette releases, all of which immediately became much sought after collector's items. this lp is a beautiful collection of haunting (sometimes spooky) home baked freeform folk songs, strange lo-fi loops, vocal drones and psychedelic cut-ups, made using weirdly tuned plucked and strummed strings, bells, clattery percussion, unidentifiable wind instruments, backwards tape loops and a ton of other noisemakers all played and recorded by herself; accompanied by her distinctive voice (often looped and layered) with vocals sung and whispered in her native finnish language making the whole atmosphere even more haunting and mysterious. jonna karanka creates an intimate space where the listener feels like sitting next to her in a small chamber or outside in the woods where kuupuu sings a lullaby just for him. housed in a full colour sleeve with beautiful design / drawings / collage artwork by jonna karanka herself." [label info]

"...Compared to Uton, her music is more introspective, made with a wide range of acoustic instruments, voice, cheap electronics and toys and continuously shifting between harsh noisy drones and fragile improv clatter, often with a song-like quality, but rarely actually turning into a consistent tune. The sound is usually a bit muffled and together with Jonna singing and whispering in her native language, with its soft intonation and all its beautiful sharp sounds and long vowels, this adds a highly intimate quality to these tracks. Despite her way of singing, her frequent use of toys, and the simple compositional structures of her pieces, I would hesitate to call Kuupuu's approach to sound and composition nave, child- or even pixie-like, as it can be read here and there in reviews. There is, however, something raw and very direct to it that evokes an atmosphere of joyful curiosity on some tracks and introvert, monochrome intensity on others." [MSS / Vital Weekly]