Soliti works with the following artists : Big Wave Riders, Black Twig, Cats On Fire, Astrid Swan, The New Tigers, Paperfangs, Delay Trees, Black Lizard, Gim Kordon, Manna, Ghost Of Jack Nance, Sister Flo
Black Twig‘s Halfways, the opening track from sophomore album Heliogram, delivers dream like states of ringing guitar notes and punctuated rhythm (and yes the guitar break is pure Loaded). A looping chord sequence moves to the left and then right, but returns to the elegant motoric jangle. Johanna Heikkilä‘s film creates the perfect accompaniment to Halfways. The 1990′s home footage rarely varies, but creates it’s own altered state of repetition, comparable to Warhol‘s beach voyeurism combined with the jump/cut glitch of experimentation.
“Black Twig continues to walk the tightrope between harmony and visceral distortion, satiating feral and cerebral urges without the overindulgence on Heliogram.” Autumn Andel, Prefix Magazine Heliogram is available here
Recently I posted about the Finnish legend, Sister Flo, trying to get some love for the band in honor of the group releasing Tragician’s Hat on its 10 Year Anniversary…it features a whole disc of unreleased tunes. But, one tune that was lost to the world that unfortunately didn’t…
Delay Trees Readymade album has found a very welcoming audience worldwide, recognizing the band’s own distinctive take on dream pop textures whilst nudging experimental borders. Steady personifies this approach to the max, an intense, metronomic build up grows into Rami Vierula’s laconic, dreamy vocals. Just as Steady feels like it disappears the track erupts into cacophonous drum fills whilst retaining it’s steady (sic) ring.
Steady’s video reveals the origins of Readymade’s album cover design. It’s been much commented on, and is almost iconic amongst our album sleeves. The Readymade album cover is often compared to Peter Saville‘s design for New Order‘s Temptation single. To be contrary to this line of thought, a precarious cycle ride reveals inspiration sometimes comes from the most mundane surroundings, where accidents lead to coincidences.
The video was made by Delay Trees bass player Sami Korhonen. A one take effort with no edits, riding the bike and filming with a smartphone in one hand! Sami also designed Readymade‘s sleeve.