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Terminal pres. Jaakko Eino Kalevi (FIN)
28 februarie 2020 @ 20:00 - 22:00
Jaakko Eino Kalevi (FIN)
Before his music career came together, you might have found Finnish electronic musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi – a dreamy sprite with chest-length strawberry blonde hair and a gaze like a pair of moonbeams – spending his days driving a tram around his adopted hometown of Helsinki. Knowledge of his day job might be a key to understanding the drifting spaciousness and fluid sense of his music. But really, it’s hard to shake the impression Kalevi is one of those figures – like, say, Sébastien Tellier – who appears born into his role: a dashing synth-pop troubadour of Platonic perfection.
By his own account, Kalevi grew up on the progressive metal of Dream Theater and cut his teeth making hip-hop beats before refining his current style: a pastel-shaded blend of saxophone-stoked soft rock, electronic pop, and disco that feels at least as Gallic as it does Scandinavian, romantic of heart and melancholic in disposition. The prevailing mood of his music – louche, elegant, a little hazy around the edges – belies a forensic attention to detail that Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, or, before that, finicky studiohounds like Steely Dan brought to the recording process. It’s unclear if Jaakko Eino Kalevi was made at huge expense, or scraped together for loose change, but with a mix job by Nicolas Vernhes everything feels just so, drums punchy and mechanistic, guitars luxuriant in their heady sustain.
In this age of constant connectivity, switching off has become one of the great luxuries of modern life, and it’s one of the reasons Jaakko Eino Kalevi has called his album ‘Out of Touch’. He explores what he calls this ‘essential, blissed out’ state on his second album for Domino – his first since 2015’s self-titled release – as he meditates, in classic Jaakko fashion, on the merry-go-round of the daily grind.