Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s dreamy soundscapes come effortlessly, likely to have been encouraged from his upbringing in the remote Finnish lakeland city of Jyväskylä. Today, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist has collected cult status within his home country and abroad after prolifically churning out numerous pop oddities and his breakthrough release, Dreamzone EP in 2013.
Exposure from an early age to music popular amongst his friends in life and online, Jaakko’s music stems from a vast range of influence (including indulgence in US prog rockers, Dream Theatre). Now, blending interest in dub, reggae, metal, disco and jazz, Jaakko compiles elements of these diverse genres into lucid dream-like, utterly alluring, pop music easily worth vast and regular consumption.
In his self-titled album (released on Weird World/Domino), Jaakko further explores obscured reality focusing on cruising repetition, building depth with synth rhythms and danceable melodies all secured with blurred vocals. Remove the often gaudy harshness of Ariel Pink, defuse the rhythms of Sebastien Tellier, and meet Connan Mockasin for augmented vocal aid and you’ll find Jaakko somewhere through dank layers of circling audio haze.
Post release of the abum Jaakko the voyager hopes to capture the interest of fans further south, with his debut visit and tour of Australia.
Popfrenzy Presents Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Friday October 9 Melbourne – Friday Nights at Catherine The Great, NGV (MELBOURNE) Tickets available from ngv.vic.gov.au
Saturday October 10 Sydney – Newtown Social Club With Marco Vella and Phantastic Ferniture Tickets available from newtownsocialclub.com
Sunday October 11 Brisbane – The Zoo With Seja and Ben Ely Tickets available from thezoo.com.au