The beauty of vacation is that I can lounge around with a cup of coffee and casually peruse my favorite music sources without haste. This morning I was bouncing around and I stumbled upon the page of a record company out of Tampere, Finland called, Fonal Records. I started listening to their sampler (a playlist of a variety of artists who are signed with them) and my ears perked right up when they fell upon the gentle beauty of Lau Nau. Her breathy voice drew me in and I kept listening. The song on the sampler was “Valolle” off of her most recent album from 2012, ‘Valohiukkanen.’ The song is almost floral (?…I can’t think of a better way to describe it). When the jagged strings come in they sound like flowers blooming or if someone were to write a soundtrack to a time lapse video of a vine growing across brick wall. The next song, “Kuoleman tappajan kuolema” has a more abstract sound that almost reminds me of Sigur Ros in that it goes somewhere kind of bizarre but beautiful.
Then, “Hämärän Hevoset” reigns everything back in, lays you down and puts you to sleep. The final track (keep in mind this is just a sample of ‘Valohiukkanen’) sounds like running, then about halfway through the song you’re running faster and faster and faster…not sure what from. You can decide that. Either way, I couldn’t be happier that I stumbled upon this gem this morning. I can safely say this is the first music from Finland to be added to my collection.
Lau Nau is the musical moniker of Helsinki-based (now mother of two) artist, Laura Naukkarinen. Her previous two albums ‘Kuutarha’ from 2005 and ‘Nukkuu’ from 2008 were more on the psychedelic folk side than her newest album but they were the award-winning albums that brought Lau Nau many of her current fans.
If you like this, don’t forget to check out the album ‘Valohiukkanen’ in its entirety and her other work.