Jaakko Aukusti’s debut album “Mountain” is out today!

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Following the success of his previous EP and single releases, the Finnish multi-instrumentalist and indie pop wizard Jaakko Aukusti returns with his debut album, Mountain, set to drop today on January 20th 2017 via VILD Recordings.

Mountain is an ambitious pop record. The songs hiding inside it are written within a span of almost four years – some songs were already taking form before the recording sessions of the 2015 EP, Volcano, and some were born in the warm depths of the studio and in the dim blue light of a laptop at home just months before the album’s release.

Mountain explores the mindscape of a young musician. As Jaakko Aukusti explains, “the songs open tiny fleeting windows to a young man’s hyperactive thoughts: the growing pains, the tiny anxieties, the happiness that strikes like fireworks, the ever present sense of not belonging, not being enough, not doing enough, being too tired, never getting enough sleep but still loving and embracing every minute of every day.”

The album features also dozens of cheap and expensive synthesizers, cool tangly guitars, hundreds and hundreds of different percussion tracks, breathtaking views over and beyond the horizon and one musician’s idea of how pop music could and should sound like.

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Hailing from Turku, Finland, Jaakko Aukusti is a musician-multi-instrumentalist who makes sort-of-pop-ish music coloured with playful arrangements and unconventional song structures. His debut EP, Volcano, was released via VILD Recordings early in 2015. The single Shadow Boxer claimed loads of radio attention in Finland and stirred music enthusiasts also abroad in publications like Indie Shuffle. His latest single releases What If All Else Fails?, Moon Tower and Himalaya also caught the attention from the likes of Clash, The Line of Best Fit, All Things Go and Fame Magazine and also tons of smaller music blogs around Europe and U.S.A.

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JAAKKO AUKUSTI’S UPCOMING SHOWS
20.01.2017 Record release @ Dynamo, Turku / FI
21.01.2017 Record release @ Kuudes Linja, Helsinki / FI
02.02.2017 Live on MARS @ Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki / FI
03.02.2017 Doris, Tampere / FI
04.02.2017 Torvi, Lahti / FI
17.02.2017 Tavastia, Helsinki / FI, w/ Choir of Young Believers (DK), Mumrunner

Jaakko Aukusti releases one more track before his album

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Cover Art: Emma Larkovuo

Jaakko Aukusti releases one more song, What If All Else Fails?, from his upcoming album Mountain, due to be released on the 20th of January 2017. What If All Else Fails? was also premiered yesterday on Ja Ja Ja Music and RCKSTR Magazine.

What If All Else Fails? is a five minute meditation of being busy all the time, coping with stress and trying to keep track of your deadlines. It’s a hypnotic mantra about pacing forward through the slush and sleet of the Finnish winter months and focusing on just one step at a time. There are glimpses of the sun, but they’re fading away almost as quickly as they came – back into the grey and cloudy skies. It’s a walk up the side of a mountain, endlessly chasing the light that lies ahead and finally – and hopefully – reveals itself.

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Picture: Jelena Candolin

Hailing from Turku, Finland, Jaakko Aukusti is a musician-multi-instrumentalist who makes sort-of-pop-ish music coloured with playful arrangements and unconventional song structures. His debut EP, Volcano, was released via VILD Recordings early in 2015. The single Shadow Boxer claimed loads of radio attention in Finland and stirred music enthusiasts also abroad in publications like Indie Shuffle.

FOLLOW JAAKKO AUKUSTI
Facebook / SoundCloud / Twitter / Spotify / YouTube

UPCOMING SHOWS
20.01.2017 Record release @ Dynamo, Turku / FI
21.01.2017 Record release @ Kuudes Linja, Helsinki / FI
02.02.2017 Live on MARS @ Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki / FI
03.02.2017 Doris, Tampere / FI

Jaakko Aukusti returns with a new track “Moon Tower”

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“Moon Tower is sunny, effects-laden psych-pop of the highest order.”
– The Line of Best Fit

Premiered by The Line of Best Fit, the new Jaakko Aukusti single Moon Tower is the third single release from Jaakko Aukusti’s forthcoming debut album Mountain, due to be released January 20th 2017.

Moon Tower meddles with the themes of settling down, early-20’s-anxiety and convincing yourself you’re exactly where you need to be.

The song was originally an almost baroque-pop piece with tons of nylon-string acoustic guitars and loads of handclaps, but that version never ”took off”, so to say. In the studio with producer Artturi Taira the acoustic guitar tracks were cut up and driven through some effects and a sequencer – creating the hyperactive yet hypnotic cyborg-esque guitar loop that drives the track forward. With the loop as a guideline the song took a new form and arranged itself around the will of the guitar, diving boldly into the place where Simon & Garfunkel shake hands with the guys from Animal Collective and the guy who did all the soundtracks to all the best SNES videogames,” Jaakko Aukusti describes.

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Photo: Jelena Candolin

Hailing from Turku, Finland, Jaakko Aukusti is a musician-multi-instrumentalist who makes sort-of-pop-ish music coloured with playful arrangements and unconventional song structures. His debut EP, Volcano, was released via VILD Recordings early in 2015. The single Shadow Boxer claimed loads of radio attention in Finland and stirred music enthusiasts also abroad in publications like Indie Shuffle.

Jaakko Aukusti’s previous single releases Kiasma, Himalaya and Oasis caught the attention from the likes of Clash, The Line of Best Fit, All Things Go and Fame Magazine and also tons of smaller music blogs around Europe and U.S.A.

LINKS
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UPCOMING SHOWS
20.01.2017 Record release @ Dynamo, Turku / FI
21.01.2017 Record release @ Kuudes Linja, Helsinki / FI
02.02.2017 Live on MARS @ Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki / FI

Jaakko Aukusti releases new single Oasis!

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Cover Art by Jaakko Aukusti

Jaakko Aukusti’s new single ‘Oasis’ is now available worldwide! The track follows the footsteps of his previous releases like ‘Shadow Boxer’, ‘Himalaya‘ and ‘Volcano EP‘.

‘Oasis’ is the second single of Jaakko Aukusti’s debut album due to be released in January 2017. It’s a pop song the size of a tidal wave created in Jaakko Aukusti and producer Artturi Taira’s studio cave.

Jaakko Aukusti explains that “the song gives the listener a false sense of comfort – a breather with agile bass lines and lyrics of juvenile escapism before suddenly reverting to an overwhelming explosion of a chorus that runs you over like a pack of agitated horses. It’s a mixture of things to be listened in a club on a Saturday night and things to be listened shouting on a mountaintop.”

The new single ‘Oasis’ is also accompanied with a remix by Hisser – the remix suits well to be played at a rave in a cave or on a trip to outer space. “It’s a cool flipside-of-the-coin-type of song with aggressive and primitive drums blasting against the delicate vocals” tells Jaakko Aukusti.

Check out the tracks below:

Upcoming shows:

2.9.2016 – Kissojen Yö / Korkeasaari, Helsinki
23.9.2016 – G Livelab, Helsinki

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Jaakko Aukusti joins Alt Agency!

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Photo by Stone Films

We are happy to announce that Jaakko Aukusti will be joining Alt Agency. Jaakko Aukusti’s new booking agent is Marko Nikula, who also works for Yakuzi Pato, Risto, Sara and Freeweights.

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Alt Agency

Jaakko Aukusti is currently working on his debut album, with the art pop wizard Artturi Taira from Rubik. Jaakko Aukusti’s music is full of colorful arrangements and unconventional song structures. Jaakko Aukusti’s latest single, Himalaya, was released March 4th and the single caught attention from e.g. The Line Of Best Fit and Clash Magazine.

Jaakko Aukusti returns with a new single ‘Himalaya’

Jaakko Aukusti returns with a new single, ‘Himalaya’, available now via

Spotify      iTunes      Deezer      Amazon

Following the success of his previous single ‘Shadow Boxer’ and debut EP ‘Volcano’, multi-instrumentalist Jaakko Aukusti releases his new single, ‘Himalaya’, today on March 4th through VILD Recordings.

Jaakko Aukusti’s new single, Himalaya, is a song balancing in between different contrasts. Silence and noise. Ethereal walls of echoes and reverb and a rave in a distant forest. There’s light shining through the branches – the playful instrumentation of the earlier songs shakes hands with a hollowing, eerie soundscape. Himalaya is the first glimpse from his debut album.

The track was premiered by The Line Of Best Fit, who thought that Jaakko’s angelic falsetto and the barrage of drums, guitar solos and bright synths could be compared to Mew after they locked themselves into a studio with a bag of Ecstacy. The music video for Himalaya is premiered today in the UK via Clash Magazine and in Finland via  Soundi.

Hailing from Turku, Finland, Jaakko Aukusti is a musician/multi-instrumentalist who makes sort-of-pop-ish music coloured with playful arrangements and unconventional song structures. His debut EP Volcano was released through VILD Recordings in early 2015. The single Shadow Boxer claimed loads of radio attention and stirred music enthusiasts also outside of Finland in publications like IndieShuffle. Currently Jaakko Aukusti is recording his debut album which is set to be released in 2016. The album is produced by the art pop wizard Artturi Taira, who’s best known as the frontman of Rubik – the indie rock pioneer in Finland.

Photo by Stone Films
Photo by Stone Films

Upcoming shows:

4.3.2016 Turku / Dynamo
15.4.2016 Jyväskylä / Jyrock

Upcoming releases for Spring 2016

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View / Photo by Matti Vesanen

Year 2016 is already in full speed and a lot has happened. We are pleased to announce the first releases for this year. On February 26th View will be releasing a new single titled Coldest Season, which is taken from his upcoming debut album. Around the single release day View will also be throwing his first gig abroad at Ja Ja Ja London. Jaakko Aukusti has also been busy with his new material and a new single titled Himalaya will see the daylight On March 4th. Himalaya is produced by Artturi Taira, the former Rubik frontman, multi-instrumentalist and producer, who will also produce Jaakko Aukusti’s debut album.

Later this spring Phantom will release their long-awaited debut album titled 2012. The Helsinki based brooding electronic duo released their last single, Over, last December. Over will also appear on the upcoming LP. Also Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? – who were just booked to The Great Escape Festival (UK) – are releasing a new single! Other releases include a 7″ single from Sofa Pets and a new single from Van Dammes.

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White Balance / Photo by Juho Länsiharju

We are also happy to announce that White Balance will be joining VILD Recordings. White Balance is a Helsinki based duo comprising of vocalist Maaria Nuoranne and producer Ilari Heinilä. Their music takes you to a world where danceable, pulsating beats meet comforting vocals and dreamy melodies. Combining elements all the way from chill-wave to electropop, White Balance has a crispy sound of its own and belongs to Scandinavian newcomers worth keeping an eye on. They’ve already been noticed abroad by the likes of HillyDilly and Nordic By Nature, who praised them for their unique vocals and chilly beats. Their new single, Hunter, will be released on VILD Recordings on March 11th.

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CONFIRMED RELEASES:
February 28th – View – Coldest Season
March 4th – Jaakko Aukusti – Himalaya
March 11th – White Balance – Hunter
April 1st – Sofa Pets Let Me Be Your Man

May
Phantom – 2012
Van Dammes -TBA
Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? -TBA

While waiting for the new releases to pop out, check out our single releases of 2015 on Spotify!

Jaakko Aukusti releases new single Kiasma!

Kiasma is the first single from Jaakko Aukusti’s upcoming debut album, due to be released in January 2016.

The song tries to capture the feeling you get, when you listen to a cheesy ballad over and over again on repeat, on a way-too-hot summer day. It’s a love song written to no one – someone you saw on the street or in a daydream but was already gone when you’ve mastered the courage to even say ”hi”. For three minutes it takes you to virtual reality; a pixelated and rainbow-colored place, where you can try to pause and rewind the moment.

Listen below:

Kiasma can be streamed and bought digitally from the following services:

Spotify  Itunes  Deezer  Amazon  Bandcamp

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