Sätilä releases his debut single “Always Will” today

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Cover Art by Joonas Tsokkinen

VILD Recordings’ new folk pop artist, Sätilä, releases his first official single Always Will on March 10th 2017 via VILD Recordings.

The Finnish singer-songwriter Teemu Sätilä combines alternative and folk rock with catchy melodies creating a danceable balance between melancholic reflection and hopefulness. Currently based in the southern city of Turku, Finland, Sätilä started writing songs at the age of 7 after learning the piano. After studying songwriting in Sydney, Australia and returning to Finland, Sätilä released his anthemic debut single Future Now in June 2015. The independently released single was noticed by YleX (Finnish equivalent of BBC Radio 1) and Spotify Finland as well as Spotify Sweden.

Always Will is about the transition when you finally get to move on in life. You long for new opportunities and people while still appreciating where you are coming from with a bit of nostalgia.

For a long time I felt uneasy when people asked me where I’m from. We moved quite a bit in my childhood because of my mother’s work so I never kind of put my roots down. After moving to Turku, where my mother was born, I felt like I had returned to my roots. Maybe it’s because we’ve always had relatives there and I’ve made so many great friends,” the singer-songwriter Teemu Sätilä describes.

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Photo by Ashley Schulman

The track also features a music video. “I had the amazing privilege to have Markus Kontiainen direct and film the music video for the track. He is such a talented storyteller and has done great work for Finnish companies such as Finnair and Marimekko as well as filming videos for the Finnish band Lake Jons. It was so cold but a lot of fun. We started the two-day shootings with sauna, of course,” Teemu Sätilä describes the session. The music video for Always Will will be released on March 17th.

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10.03.2017 Baari, Turku / FI

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Sätilä joins VILD Recordings!

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We are happy to welcome singer-songwriter Teemu Sätilä to join our label. Sätilä combines alternative and folk rock with catchy melodies creating a danceable balance between melancholic reflection and hopefulness. Currently based in the southern city of Turku, Finland, Sätilä started writing songs at the age of 7 after learning the piano. After studying songwriting in Sydney, Australia and returning to Finland, Sätilä released his anthemic debut single Future Now in June 2015. The independently released single was noticed by YleX (Finnish equivalent of BBC Radio 1) and Spotify Finland as well as Spotify Sweden.

Vild Recordings is releasing Sätilä’s first official double single Always Will on March 10th 2017.

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Cover art by Joonas Tsokkinen

Phantom’s “MMXII” is out internationally today!

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Helsinki based electro-pop duo Phantom releases their debut album, MMXII, internationally on the 24th of February 2017.

MMXII is a report letter from aliens to Earth. It’s a reflection of the era, of a ten-thousand-year puberty of the human mind. It’s a process of balancing love and letting go, of the ability to response and the ability to impulse through the heart’s eye. This album is the love child of two lovers of art, technology, literature, music and nature, and a fruit of love of living this life, for better and for worse. This is dedicated to all the heart-wrenching horrors, thrills, disappointments, ecstatic joy, love and excitement we’ve faced, to all of what we’ve left behind and all of what we’ve got yet to face, to the deaths and births, to the heartbreaks and pieces mend together after being torn into pieces. This is for it all. Us. Being boldly vulnerable, open and epically honest, letting life happen. Forever onwards, and into the fragility of being human in this huge retrospective of star stuff. Nothing more, nothing less.

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”A little bit of the Knife, a smattering of Björk and enough eerie ambience to leave you thoroughly entranced.”
– Drowned in Sound

“A great duo that we like to describe as the Finnish Portishead.”
– Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Radio

”There’s a lot to love about formally trained jazz singer Hanna Toivonen and beat-maker Tommi Koskinen, not least their ability to turn creeping, nocturnal electronica that could be coolly standoffish in lesser hands, into big, heartfelt ballads you want tocurl up and cry in.”
– The Guardian

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Phantom are releasing “Lost” internationally today

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Helsinki-based, dark electronic duo Phantom releases their single, Lost, internationally on February 17th via VILD Recordings. It is the last single release from the duo’s debut album MMXII, due to be released on February 24th.

“The ten-thousand-year-puberty of the human mind – and some lost luggage”, that’s what the song Lost is about. Inspired by 1200’s poets in the Middle East and their very absurdly relevant ideals, the sinking, beautiful city of Venice, and its Biennale of art where we played opening week shows in 2013, a very old, sad and wise man in Venice, a crazy Swedish business man, a depressed billionaire art collector… And the profound solitude of our planet, and its irrational leader species, who can’t stop its self-destructive ways of dealing with fear and an inferiority complex towards the nature of the Universe.

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Phantom is the fruit of love of two artists, music lovers, geeks, misfits and treadmill rebels, who funnel their existence in the time-space-continuum into something of a new media spiced black magic.

It all started in 2012, in a cave underground and outside of Helsinki, in the fortress island 18th century bastion, that, some say, inhabits some deeply disturbed Russian ghosts. The ghosts have nothing to do with this story. Or the Russians. Nevertheless.

After drinking way too much coffee and playing with their musical toys together, the slightly jazz, glitch and acid influenced pair decided to join forces. They merged into creating sounds to summon the stories of the dead and the unheard into a somewhat haunting mixture of alternative pop, nu-trip hop and electronica.

To beef up the out-of-this-world experience the band built in their laboratories some pretty rad multi-dimensional elements to visualize and rapturize their electro-knob geekish performance. The UFO (Ultrasonic Frequency Oscillator) controller and Z-Vector (Kinect magic VJ software) were born.

Their biggest dream is to change the world and have superpowers.

”A little bit of the Knife, a smattering of Björk and enough eerie ambience to leave you thoroughly entranced.”
– Drowned in Sound

“A great duo that we like to describe as the Finnish Portishead.”
– Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Radio

”There’s a lot to love about formally trained jazz singer Hanna Toivonen and beat-maker Tommi Koskinen, not least their ability to turn creeping, nocturnal electronica that could be coolly standoffish in lesser hands, into big, heartfelt ballads you want tocurl up and cry in.”
– The Guardian

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First festivals for the summer announced!

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We are excited to tell you that this year’s first festival shows have been announced for our artists. Check out what we got so far!

Vesta will be performing at Provinssi, Ruisrock and Flow Festival.

View will play at Tallin Music Week and RMJ. They will also do a few shows abroad this spring in Europe.

16.3. Clermont-ferrand, FRANCE

5.4. Bern, SWITZERLAND

6.4. Geneva, SWITZERLAND

7.4. Basel, SWITZERLAND

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Koria Kitten Riot releases their new album “Songs of Hope and Science” today!

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A Helsinki based indie rock band Koria Kitten Riot releases their fourth album Songs of Hope and Science today on the 27th of January 2017 via VILD Recordigs. On their new album, the band have tie-dyed their guitar pop sound with a 60s folk rock flavour and good-old-fashioned harmony singing. With its lyrics traveling between planets throughout the universe, the album’s themes are intertwined with hope and science.

Songs of Hope and Science was in the making for a long time. At the end of 2016, it’s very obvious how strange and scary the world situation has become – but all the signs already seemed to be there a few years ago, as the first songs for the album were starting to take shape. The whole band was also going through some difficult times on a personal level.

“I wanted to make music that would give hope, as hope was what I longed for myself. I am not religious. Instead, I read a couple of books on string theory and watched documentary films on quantum physics and space. I found our lack of knowledge about the universe comforting. Science became another key theme for the album, alongside hope,” Antti Reikko, the vocalist-guitar-player of Koria Kitten Riot, describes.

The album is produced by the band itself. The basics, the drum and bass tracks, were recorded at the Radio Buellebrueck Studios in Berlin. The rest of the album was done in Finland, mostly at a log cabin by a small pond. The songs were mixed in Munich at the home studio of Reikko’s friend Nico. “I take pride in many things, practically at every step of the way of production. We went through a ridiculous amount of trouble – I remember having re-recorded some guitar bits as many as six times: every time, the old tracks would start to sound wrong after a week or so. I personally most often find myself reminiscing our vocal sessions though – me, Lasse and Teemu sang all the main and backing vocals at once by the three of us, over the course of a summer. Singing together took a massive amount of effort and concentration, but very much seemed to give the album a special finishing touch,” Reikko tells.

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Koria Kitten Riot are a Finnish Helsinki based indie rock band. During the release of their first two albums, the moniker was mainly a solo output for the singer-songwriter Antti Reikko but on the last two albums Koria Kitten Riot has been a full-fledged band of five people; Antti Reikko (vocals / guitar), Lasse Toimi (bass guitar / vocals), Teemu Vänskä (keyboards / vocals), Olli Rahkonen (guitar) and Eino Anttila (drums). The band have toured their native country as well as Germany – having also recorded their previous two albums mostly in Berlin. Their sound is a combination of indie rock, singer-songwriter Americana and psychedelia.

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UPCOMING SHOWS
03.02.2017 O’Connells, Tampere / FI

Koria Kitten Riot’s new single release “The Earth Will Spin Around”

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A Helsinki based indie rock band Koria Kitten Riot releases a new single, The Earth Will Spin Around, today on the 20th of January 2017 via VILD Recordings. The song is from their upcoming fourth album, Songs of Hope and Science, due to be released on the 27th of January 2017.

The Earth Will Spin Around was one of the first songs to emerge for the new album. At that point the band’s singer-songwriter Antti Reikko felt himself deeply betrayed in his life and kicked in the head. He realized how helpful it was to try and see things in a larger context – the Sun’s still shining and the planet Earth keeps on revolving. The band’s engineer, Simon, said he liked “that one song with a shitload of chords”. Additionally to those chords, the stage is set for mellotron, three-part harmonies and gently messed up sounds.

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Koria Kitten Riot are a Finnish Helsinki based indie rock band. During the release of their first two albums, the moniker was mainly a solo output for the singer-songwriter Antti Reikko but on the last two albums Koria Kitten Riot has been a full-fledged band of five people; Antti Reikko (vocals / guitar), Lasse Toimi (bass guitar / vocals), Teemu Vänskä (keyboards / vocals), Olli Rahkonen (guitar) and Eino Anttila (drums). The band have toured their native country as well as Germany – having also recorded their previous two albums mostly in Berlin. Their sound is a combination of indie rock, singer-songwriter Americana and psychedelia.

On their new album Songs of Hope and Science, set to be released on the 27th of January 2017, the band have tie-dyed their guitar pop sound with a 60s folk rock flavour and good-old-fashioned harmony singing. With its lyrics traveling between planets throughout the universe, the album’s themes are intertwined with hope and science.

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Phantom releases “Dance” internationally

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Helsinki-based, electronic duo Phantom releases Dance internationally today via VILD Recordings. The track is taken from their debut album MMXII, due to be released internationally on the 24th of February 2017.

Dance is a song about life’s own prototypes in love, lust and humanity’s paradoxal ideals. Doors in black hallways, a dawn in the pitch black night, a violin march band on the deathbed of a thousand dreams, and the ashes of which new life can be born, the magic and beauty that require pain and compromise but can’t be found when looking for. Dance is a love song for the most obvious hiding under the surface. It is a comfort song for the life-sentenced. It is a calling song, for the risks worth taking.

Phantom is the fruit of love of two artists, music lovers, geeks, misfits and treadmill rebels, who funnel their existence in the time-space-continuum into something of a new media spiced black magic.

It all started in 2012, in a cave underground and outside of Helsinki, in the fortress island 18th century bastion, that, some say, inhabits some deeply disturbed Russian ghosts. The ghosts have nothing to do with this story. Or the Russians. Nevertheless.

After drinking way too much coffee and playing with their musical toys together, the slightly jazz, glitch and acid influenced pair decided to join forces. They merged into creating sounds to summon the stories of the dead and the unheard into a somewhat haunting mixture of alternative pop, nu-trip hop and electronica.

To beef up the out-of-this-world experience the band built in their laboratories some pretty rad multi-dimensional elements to visualize and rapturize their electro-knob geekish performance. The UFO (Ultrasonic Frequency Oscillator) controller and Z-Vector (Kinect magic VJ software) were born.

Their biggest dream is to change the world and have superpowers.

”A little bit of the Knife, a smattering of Björk and enough eerie ambience to leave you thoroughly entranced.”
– Drowned in Sound

“A great duo that we like to describe as the Finnish Portishead.”
– Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Radio

”There’s a lot to love about formally trained jazz singer Hanna Toivonen and beat-maker Tommi Koskinen, not least their ability to turn creeping, nocturnal electronica that could be coolly standoffish in lesser hands, into big, heartfelt ballads you want tocurl up and cry in.”
– The Guardian

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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

Phantom returns with “Dance”, premiered by The Line of Best Fit

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The Line of Best Fit premiered Phantom’s single Dance, due to be released internationally tomorrow on the 20th of January via VILD Recordings. Dance is taken from Phantom’s debut album MMXII, which will be released internationally on the 24th of February 2017.

“On the track “Dance” you can hear echoes of The xx’s polished sound, but what stands out more is the twisted electronic goth pulse which recalls jj – and then gets pulled in an altogether more soulful direction by classically-trained Toivonen’s powerful vocal. The scattered beats add an unsettling edge, never allowing a familiar or comforting pattern to emerge. It’s a wonderful track and almost worth waiting all this time for.”
– Andrew Hannah / The Line of Best Fit

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