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Labvakar, we have just arrived in Helsinki and haven't seen much of it. But, we have really cosy hostel all 4 in one bed and also everything is automatic. Haven't seen anything like that before. Last night's show was loud, but nice and we want to say big thanks to Id Rev and also the museum of contemporary art of Estonia. The public was great as well, especially the guy in front of the audience. After that the ferry "Baltic Princess" entertained us until the next tour place - Helsinki. The sunset was very nice. Especially in the combination with vine named "Heartbeats". That's it for now. We are waiting for tomorrow's concert and enjoying our evening off here. From Latvians with love. St.Z
Greetings form hostel Flying Kiwi in the heart of old Tallin. There
was very nice concert yesterday in Kaņepes Kultūras Centrs and finally we heard our Estonian and Swedish collegues. They really sound great. Then we packed all our staff and realised that there are lot more gear than we expected but in the end we fixed all the small problems and we are here safe and sound. The concert place in Tallin looks pretty awesome and we are quite sure that tonight there will be some nice gigs including ours. That's it for now. We'll keep you updated.
From Latvians with love. St.z. p.s. here are some photos from last night http://www.easyget.lv/foto/gallery/3545/
Greetings from Tallinn. So we´re just about to start the tour. Waiting for the van to arrive to start packing these precious little gadgets that make us all so much pleasure. And by that I mean our gear - amps and synthesizers, all of them. Unfortunately one of our main synths went broke couple of days ago so we had to re-arrange a bit. Well let´s hope for the best and see you on tour (sorry for the shortpost, the van just arrived, time for action). Cheers.
Neeme, Id Rev
Last weekend hundreds of people in Tallinn, Estonia set their course towards an old mystical power plant named Kultuurikatel between the Old Town and the Port of the city to become a part of Stalker Festival – „a unique environment focusing on music, architecture and a strange world of its own where the everyday rules are void“, as the organizers promised beforehand. And thinking back now I feel that they actually managed to deliver that too.
First, it is amazing what they had managed to do with the power plant itself - I have been there before for several times, but somehow it felt completely different building this time. Just imagine a huge cold dark stonewalled surrounding with 3 different levels for musical artists, at least 5-6 different levels for visitors to walk around and endless walls and levels and spaces for visual artists to play around with lasers and lights and stairs and things hanging down from the ceiling. In random corners you could notice people dressed in white costumes, faces painted white just staring at you, when I looked up some metal stairs I saw a purple-glowing dancer going crazy and when I finally managed to reach the basement area downstairs, it looked like teenage mutant ninja turtles were having a rave there, honestly.
And then there was the music. The artist catalogue listed up 20 different names, mostly from Estonia, but also some foreign ones. Frankly I couldn’t manage to see and hear all of them because first I had chosen some highlights for myself that I really wanted to see and secondly it got quite cold and too loud for my ears as the night progressed (although the organizers had advised people to dress warm and wear earplugs!).
My evening started magically with Rasmus Lill (above), who has been a favourite of mine for some time now. You might know his genius work already from the bands Kosmofon or Zebra Island, this time he presented his “intimate electronic soloproject" as he calls it and I have to agree - it is intimate! It even felt intimate in the huge cold space of the power plant that had just started to fill up with wondering visitors. Although a bit dark and mechanical at times, his music somehow has this warm hopeful feel to it, that really gets me. I guess I have to write a longer review about the music of Rasmus Lill soon.
The second highlight for me was the performance of Talis Paide and Andres Lõo - two great artists known already years for their several musical projects (for example Talis with Kosmosepealinn and State of Zoe, Andres with Luarvik Luarvik and Opium Flirt). But it was the first time I have heard or seen these two doing something together on the stage and I really liked it. As both of them can be considered masters of synthesizers (alongside with Rasmus Lill mentioned above), their performance had ofcourse strong influence from the beats and sounds of the 80s disco (my favourite!), but at the same time they also intrigued listeners with more heavier and modern basslines and some broken beats. Andres Lõo is probably one of the most charismatic vocalist with oh-so-sexy powerful bariton voice and body moves to make your knees weak instantly. Hopefully their first performance together was not the last one and I really wouldn’t mind listening to their music in a recorded version as well.
I won’t try to describe here what happened at the festival next, when King Midas Sound from the UK got on the stage - things got slightly crazy at least for a moment and this all truly fitted into the Stalker atmosphere, but I guess you had to be there to understand. In short and in general - Stalker Festival really wasn’t a mere music festival, it actually turned into a strange world of its own where the everyday rules were void.