CMU Approved

Approved: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

By | Published on Monday 20 January 2014

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Hailing from Helsinki, where he is still – says every fact sheet on him ever – paid to drive trams part-time, Jaakko Eino Kalevi released his ‘Dreamzone’ EP via Domino’s Weird World, late to the 2013 party, at last year’s end.

Voyaging off first with ‘Memories’, which blushes with a pink, prom-ish kitschness, the four-track’s glacial narrative drift slips into the low-lit disco of ‘Uu Uu Uu’, sneaking a bassline from Ariel Pink/Connan Mockasin’s stash to add shine and sweetener to ‘No End’, and finally, tripping off in time with the ghostlike, spinning-top glide of ‘When You Walk Through Them All’. Gentle, deft, and ever so slightly off its head, ‘Dreamzone’ is exactly that, a chamber of Jaako’s strange ideas, reveries and hallucinations, visions that’ll likely be realised with greater sharpness on Kalevi’s not-too-distant first shot at a Weird World LP, arriving later this year.

Hear a spliced stream of ‘No End’ and ‘When You Walk Through Them All’, and see photog/filmmaker Harley Weir’s visual take on the former, here: