The lifeline of the creation from Estonian composer Jakob Juhkam is like an award-winning movie scenario – already from its beginning it has provoked a big interest and excitement in its listeners whose amount and respect only increases with time and so increases the quality, professionalism and sophistication of the content. Recently Jakob published two songs from his forthcoming album “T” going to be released on August 22nd. Both of the songs are masterpieces mixing jazz, prog-rock and variations from classical music differing from each other totally by moods, but having passion, boiling life-thirst and high intellectual energy as the common denominators. The first one- Mr.Vincent draws a picture of a caricatured, humorous and energetic figure into ones imagination being a perfect source of inspiration for animators. The second one – Vaenlase köök/Enemy´s Kitchen is more solemn and thick - sounding more suitable for an adventurous thriller. Relying on the two published songs it feels that the new creation from Jakob Juhkam has a movie-soundtrack-ish touch, though as the music in this case is extremely self-conscious, rich, comprehensive and mature it could turn around the traditional situation where a composer is asked to write music for a film and by this case a writer would be asked to write a film for this music.
The stimulator for a creative process is a multi-dimensional and variable phenomenon: fastfasion, -literature and –music appear to be a transient, impersonal products following the current trends , made in a hurry often for material reasons and meant to be forgotten soon. This very fact increases the greatness of creation being driven from the needs of true self-expression and willingness to share personal values, experiences, views and spirit through sound and vision. The self-titled album from Hypnobooster (EE) is a highly interpretative atmospheric compilation filled with as many shapes, moods and shadows as one would assume to catch while surfing in Cosmos. It feels like Andre Pichen, guy behind the whole project, has put a lot of individually meaningful feelings and thoughts into his work making it personal on one hand but being fantasy-friendly enough at the same time letting his listeners create their own final-experience. The music has been illustrated with artwork having an equal part in the whole experience, this all together makes it easy to understand the dedication and appreciate the chance to enjoy it. As many have stated this album being a good movie soundtrack it might be relevant to say that those tracks are the soundtrack of a certain period from Pichens life.
The dream of becoming a great rockstar and a member of a popular band where skilful instrumentalists and sophisticated creation is valued is common among every other guy in his pre-twenties. Reason why this scenario often never realizes is the great amount of effort, work and consistency needed. Filled with enthusiasm and will, and hot like a flaming volcano The Blinking Lights(EE) – are working towards their dream and are rightly entering the gamefield of their elder forerunners who have no other choice but to accept another player – a potential gamechanger. The Blinking Lights sound similar to The Queens of the Stone Age, but without the stonerrock vocals while having much more raw rock´n´roll tunes and fast tempo known from grunge. A big advantage for this band compared with many others is their young age – both as a musicgroup and individuals. If continuing with the same power sooner or later the beating and now only flaming volcano will erupt leaving others struggling to dig themselves out from the brazing lava.
Kali Briis is an Estonian based music-magician who is remarkable by his ability to pick out the most outstanding characteristics of different genres and unite and personalize them to catchy,involved,distinctive sparkling songs varying from rhythmic R´n´B til mixture of synth-pop and hip-hop. Enviable to fellow-musicians and remarkable for audience is his constant productivity so it is possible to catch at least one hit song from all of his releases between 210-2011, just to name a few there are “Peugeot” from “Ilge Ulme”, “Beibe Beibe” from “Das Bing” and “Lost” from “Homewrecker”. It has been promised that some more magic will happen this fall when the next long playing album “The Moon Ghost” will be released. “I love you face” is the first videosingle from that album and differences from the earlier songs mainly for the twisted vocal sounds. One can easily recognize the bow to Daft Punk but at the same time feel the strong spine of the creator in repeating samples and memorable melodies.
It´s overall known that adaptability is what shows the level of one’s intelligence. Zebra Island, an appealing melancholic disco foursome, passes the test with high results accepting the challenge from Vilnius Temperature and performing there song “Glow” as a lovable acoustic piece instead of their regular catchy electornics-based sets.
This surprisingly young band gives more content to write about soon as the very same song brought them a record deal with I Love You Records – a company famous for good sense of taste.
Maria Minerva (EE) has released her fourth album, Sacred and Profane Love EP. In a nutshell, the album is just pure genius. It brings juicy, mean and distant discotheque drumbeats to your earbud table, making you feel uneasy and charmed interchangeably. The album can be streamed on Spin, and while you’re at it, take a look at what Pitchfork has said about her.
Galvanic Elephants (EE) just released a splendid new EP titled “B Side”. Thumbs Down is the opening track of this mini-album and it unwraps the EP like a pair of garden scissors would unwrap a pack of haribo bears. The album can be downloaded for free (320 kbps) at their official website.
Maria Minerva (Not Not Fun, 100% Silk) is probably the first real hypnogogic pop star from Estonia, along with Inga Copeland from Hype Williams. Could be a model, but has chosen the intelligence. She makes sweet lo-fi jams on her Mac. Here’s a remix done for the infamous Keep Shelly In Athens.
Kosmofon. A quirky instrumental electropop from Tallinn (EE). They are a tasteful mishmash of carefully selected synthtones, upbeat drum-machines and naive melodies. Also, props to the producer-work. Nice.