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ARTIST
TITLE
Kuka siella?
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
FR 085CD FR 085CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/10/2012

Barry Andrewsin Disko is a pseudonymn of Jukka Herva. Hailing from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and the current home of Santa Claus, Jukka now lives now in Turku, Finland. Barry Andrewsin Disko (trans. "Barry Andrews' Disco") doesn't have anything to do with XTC's keyboard player or the Irish politician of the same name. The moniker comes from Christmas albums Jukka made as a teenager as presents for his buddies, a wryly humorous acronym that belies the care and attention to detail that has become synonymous with the name. These are the roots of his music that you can now hear on his debut album Kuka siellä? (trans. "Who's There?"). B.A.D.'s music is a multilayered, wobbly, hissy, filtered take on pop. Jukka utilizes a variety of instruments, from '80s synths, to samplers, drum machines, drums, cassettes and guitars, to name a few. In Finland, he is often cited as being a cross between Risto and Paavoharju. He also shares similarities with the open-hearted pastoral psychedelia of Syd Barrett (or perhaps more specifically, cult Finnish psych legend Pekka Streng) and Animal Collective in their most lo-fi form. Jukka has been recording the material for this album steadily, and without any specific plan for a release, for a number of years. The inception of the album was when Fonal offered Jukka a recording deal in late 2011, and Jukka and label boss Sami Sänpäkkilä began an intuitive, collaborative selection process from a shortlist of almost 20 songs. A compendium of sorts, some of the songs date to the early '00s. The cover is scanned from original woodcuts made by Kaisa Kunelius. They are abstract, but you can feel they effectively portray the themes of the album -- dreams, nature, tiredness, obmutescence and melancholy. "Kemijoki tulvii" (trans. "The River of Kemi Floods") deals with memories from Jukka's childhood, and is a farewell to his hometown of Rovaniemi and "Viime yönä" (trans. "Last Night") is a child-like song about sleeping that feels almost like a Michel Gondry movie in song-form. "Yö seuraa yötä" (trans. "Night Follows the Night") is Jukka's nocturne -- painting images of the Lapland and the polar night. So far, B.A.D. has released two cassettes and played concerts in Finland, Estonia and at the By:larm festival in Norway, gathering acclaim across Finland's music media.