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A gentle and magnificent masterpiece, wrapped in the pale light from a Nordic country.
On the 25th March 2022, we will release the first collaboration album, 'Valo Siroutuu', by the New York based neo-classical ambient music trio, Sontag Shogun, who express an individualistic beauty featuring a combination of lovely piano melodies, ambient, analog musical electronics such as a tape machines and a modular synthesizers, sound effects made from everyday items such as rice, chopsticks, and spoons, and edited vocals like clean air from Finnish female vocalist, Lau Nau, aka Laura Naukkarinen.
'Valo Siroutuu' which, in Finnish, means 'The Light Scatters', is a collaboration album that traverses borders. Firstly, the basics of the vocals were recorded by Lau Nau on the island of Kimitoön in Finlad, then members of Sontag Shogun over-dubbed their various instruments in Montreal, New York, and Los Angeles. Culminating in a silk-like beautiful stratum weaved by Lau Nau's melancholy voices in Finnish and a vocalist of Sontag Shogun, Jesse Perlstein's, gentle voice in English. A spacious sound played by acoustic instruments such as a piano and guitar, and analog musical electronics such as a tape machine alongside modular synthesizers. The sound of the wind and sea waves, the chirp of small birds, which were field-recorded on the island of Kimitoön accent the music and give the final touch. Its fluent beautiful and spectacular sounds pull on the heartstrings of all fans of artists from Northern Europe such as Sigur Ros, Olafur Arnalds, and Múm.
In addition, the Japan-edition includes two bonus remix tracks by Japanese artists, Haco and FilFla. By adding those two rearranged songs featuring lovely vocals from Haco and Moskitoo, you can enjoy not only songs in Finnish and English in the main tracks in the album, but also the soft sounds in which the Japanese language has its own originality.
This is a wonderful masterpiece that not only goes beyond borders, but also musical genres such as ambient, electronica, neo-classical, folk, and experimental, which was made through the collaboration between two international artists who performed not only in North America and Europe but also in Asia, and were praised by famous music medias such as Pitchfork and The Wire.
Sontag Shogun are a New York based neo-classical ambient music trio who express an individualistic beauty featuring a combination of lovely piano melodies, ambient, analog musical electronics such as a tape machines, modular synthesizers, sound effects made from everyday items such as rice, chopstick and spoons, and edited vocals like clean air. In 2014, they debuted by releasing their first album 'Tale', a masterpiece featuring beautiful songs and its overwhelmed sound quality. They have shared the stage with notable artists such as Hauschka who is a popular modern-classical pianist, Julia Kent, the cellist of Antony & the Johnsons who is also know for her collaborations with Björk, and also played concerts at Frameworks Festival in Germany and The Museum Of Modern Art in New York. After many concerts in North America, Western Europe, Northern Europe, and East Asia, they created the surpassing beautiful second studio album 'Patterns For Resonant Space' like ones of Sigur Rós and Jóhann Jóhannsson in 2017. The fantastic sound has also been praised by Pitchfork Media. In 2019, they released their third album 'It Billows Up' made from field recordings, analog oscillator, foley sounds, and a piano then, in 2020, their fourth album 'The Floating World & The Sorrowful World' featuring improvisation performance with a Belgium-based guitarist and tape manipulator, Stijn Hüwels. In 2022, they released their first collaboration album, 'Valo Siroutuu' by Sontag Shogun and a Finnish female vocalist, Lau Nau, aka Laura Naukkarinen, a singer-songwriter who works using both acoustic and electronic instruments, from traditional instruments and singing voice to analogue synthesisers and field recordings.
Lau Nau, aka Laura Naukkarinen, is one of the more interesting names in the Finnish contemporary music scene. A composer, music producer and performer whose music is imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and idiosyncratic, finely honed sound world. Lau Nau works using both acoustic and electronic instruments, from traditional instruments and singing voice to analogue synthesisers and field recordings. While her songs are luminous, melancholic pieces of experimental chamber folk music, her scores for films and sound installations are experimental studies of sound. Lau Nau's first solo albums were released in the US (Locust Music 2005 & 2008), winning acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and The Wire. To date Lau Nau has released seven albums in Europe, USA and Japan, garnering prize nominations like Teosto-, Emma-, Jussi- and Femma prizes. Nowadays she is well known for her music to films, silent films, theatre, dance, multi channel sound installations and lectures about composing. Besides of Lau Nau, Laura Naukkarinen plays also in an improvisational group Kiri Ra! and in duo with Matti Bye. She has been playing in various improv bands as IAX, Maailma, Hertta Lussu Ässä, Kiila, Avarus, the Anaksimandros, Päivänsäde, Kemialliset Ystävät, Chamellows and others.