Joko sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen sinne

Paavoharju Joko sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen sinne

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Psychedelic music born of cabin fever. Weird pastel electronica. Bizarre 
cut and paste loops. Hazy, mist-clad experimentalism. Eternal drone 
theatrics. The music of Finland's Paavoharju, now preparing for the 
release of their 3rd album, is difficult to pin down. The Wire dubbed 
the music as "home-taped experimentation married to pop ecstasy", and 
the albums "Yhä hämärää" (2006) and "Laulu laakson kukista" (2008) found 
the band worldwide cult fame in the indie scene.

October 2013 sees the release of the band's third album, titled "Joko 
sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen sinne" on Svart Records. Main 
composer Lauri Ainala's penchant for progress and experimentation found 
him at a point where it was necessary for Paavoharju to renew itself. 
The major stylistic change on the new album is the inclusion of hip hop 
elements, with rap vocals performed by Paperi T (also of the Helsinki 
hip hop group Ruger Hauer), but the handling of these influences is 
unconventional. Paavoharju's brand of hip hop is far removed from its 
roots, taken off the streets and thrown into the nocturnal forests of 
Finland.

Familiar building blocks from the group's previous work, such as the 
array of female voices and troubadour Joose Keskitalo, are still there, 
but they are distant, often drowned in swathes of electronic haze, 
sometimes just barely audible as if a faded memory of something that 
once was. The major theme on "Joko sinä tulet tänne alas tai minä nousen 
sinne" is alienation - how things familiar turn into things distant and 
strange. Speaking of the album, Ainala compares it to an old family 
homestead to which one returns after decades and in whose decayed state 
there is both horror and beauty.