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LTJ-21 Keijo: Soon With The Sun
1. all the way to the mountain (6:46)
2. sand and sunshine (9:46)
3. soon with the sun (4:58)
4. all the way now at once (4:48)
5. on ahti's boat (4:24)
6. to whom you sing (6:03)
7. dancing on the stardust (5:53)
Ambient psych, sold out.
NOTE: digital version available here.
"Keijo on ilmeisesti Jyväskylästä kotoisin oleva, hyvin ilmavaa ambienttia psykedeliaa tuottava eliömuoto. Isoisä -vainajan nimi oli myös Keijo, mutta en tiedä, onko kyseessä oleva Keijo jonkinlainen symbioosi, yhdyskunta tahi yksisoluinen eliö, mutta mitäs siitä. Tuotannollisesti tämä julkaisu asettuu oudon maanalaisen genrensä kärkikastiin, koska soundit ovat todella hyvät, ja tätä CD-R:ää on oikeasti nautinto kuunnella. Levyllä on jotenkin arkaainen, primitiivinen tunnelma, vaikka nykyteknologiaa on käytetty kielisoittimien ja muiden perinteisempien juttujen lisäksi mallikkaasti. Kappaleessa "On Ahti's Boat" löytyy jopa hieman lauluakin. Välillä mieleen tulee Porcupine Tree -jehun Steven Wilsonin Bass Communion -projektin julkaisut. Levy sopii mainiosti niihin loppuyön salaisiin sessioihin, mistä ei puhuta työpaikalla tai koulussa... Jos jännä, hieno psykedeelinen ambient maistuu, niin kannattaa tilata tämä kokeellinen levy hintaan 5 € ennen kuin se kuolee sukupuuttoon, niin kuin on käynyt monelle muulle kyseen levy-yhtiön julkaisulle." Astro, Palasokeri
"Keijo is a very airy ambient psychedelia producing life form, apparently from Jyväskylä, Finland. Keijo is a Finnish first name (my late grand father was called Keijo), but I don't know if this Keijo in question is some kind of a symbiosis, community or a monocelled organism, but who cares. As far as production values go, this release is definitely in the highest caste of its weird underground genre, since the sound is really good and it's a truly enjoyable experience to listen to this CD-R. The album has a sort of archaic, primitive mood, even though modern technology has been skilfully used among string instruments and other more traditional stuff. On a track called "On Ahti's Boat" there are even some vocals. At times I'm reminded of the releases by Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson's Bass Communion project. This album is well suited for those secret late-night sessions that you really don't discuss about at work or at school... If you are fond of exciting, awesome ambient psychedelia, you should order this experimental disc (5 € Finland, 6 € Europe, 6 € other) before it faces extinction as has been the case with the releases by many of Keijo's label mates." Astro, Psychotropic Zone
"oriental bowed strings and bells manipulated by computer into droning vibrations and suggested melodies" Boa Melody Bar
"2004 might have to be considered the year of Keijo. While Finnish music certainly came out of its shell this year and garnered international attention, Keijo made the impression on me. Most impressive is the quantity of his output, and the quality of that material. "Soon With the Sun" is his fifth full-length CD-R release this year, and sixth if you include both discs of his double album on PseudoArcana. And amazingly, every one of those releases is gold. I guess when you've been making music for 30 years or so, you get damn good at it. "Soon With the Sun" is no exception to the rule.
Transcendental waves flow through Keijo's music on many levels. On the surface, his music massages your entire body aurally. It gets inside you and relaxes you. It's powerful. But underneath, that where the real magic is happening. Keijo's music is meditative. It lulls you into a trancelike state; a state in which all your senses are heightened and every thing you feel is intensified. It's amazing that he can consistently do this with each new release. It's like there's some spirit channeling itself through Keijo, and his only way to release it into the world is through his music. There's some intrinsically beautiful about that, and it comes out on his releases.
"Soon With the Sun," while similar to previous efforts, has a sound all its own. Keijo is exploring more electronic-based textures on this disc, and it suits him well. On "Sand and Sunshine," we find the perfect mix of these sounds. Underlying electronic drone provides a backdrop for the organic aspect that one has come to expect from much of Keijo's music. Acoustic and chromatic instrumentation combat that gurgling mass that is the foundation for this piece. One gets the feeling of being on the Finnish coast in winter as the freezing waves from the Baltic crashing against jagged, rocky cliffs. There's something naturally powerful happening here, and it draws you in without fail.
"On Ahti's Boat" is the shortest track on this album, but perhaps the most memorable. Keijo uses the subtle sound of water to great effect here. It gives the impression of actually being on a boat. But the reason this track stands out is because we finally get to hear Keijo's voice. I have no idea what he's saying, but he sounds like a person singing about all the great pains of his life. It's wonderful.
Eastern influences are once again speckled throughout. This has become one of the things I love about Keijo's music so much. I've often had this view of Finland as this fantastic combination of East and West, and his music further proves that. The title track offers up the best examples. This excellent track feels like I am walking through the parts of Calcutta that Westerners never experience. Low-level wails sound like a foghorn screaming out, while cymbals and chimes add a chaotic element to the mix. Keijo's music always inspires a wide range of emotions, and "Soon With the Sun" is no exception.
I am beginning to think that Keijo can do no wrong. Everything I hear that he has recorded has moved me. There are few artists that can pull this off, especially in such a profound way. His music is therpeutic and will sooth your aching bones after a long day. Keijo seems like a person who is in a constant state of dreaming. While a lot of electronic-based music feels soulless and hollow, Keijo's will always bee filled with warmth." 8/10 - Brad Rose, FoxyDigitalis
""Soon With the Sun" is another recent disc (I think he's released about 5 so far this year) by weird noise elder, Keijo, and it's a gorgeous echo-drenched whirl of springy drones, chimes, tapes of streaming water and bubbling electronics, but it's not electronica, no sir-ee, Bob. There's a roughness to it all, but mixed as a fully formed ethnic drone collage, so that it goes down ever so smooth." Womblife
"So incredible. Delicate, subtle, deep and so understated. Which is so nice. Keijo explores the deepest ocean caverns and tree holes with this one. I mean, he has a reputation, but it's SO small and specific to a small group of people and that's just criminal. Every one of his releases are incredible. Creaks, warm organ drones, gentle plucking...Keijo has completely mastered this sound. 9/10" Dick Baldwin
"Seven tracks from this first-generation Finnish inspiration that plot the spaceways with the kind of higher mind approach to form pioneered by Sun Ra, with deep wells of analogue sound mined for psychedelic tone, while hollow percussive rhythms sound a march across the horizon. This is martial music for heads, a combination of drone and picked strings that stares into the sun as hard as Valerie Webber and Paul LaBrecque's stunning Trees, Chants and Hollers. A good one." Volcanic Tongue
"Yes, good hippie music does exist, no matter how unbelievable it sounds! This is a perfect and beautiful combination of organic and electronic sounds, drones and rhythms that aims alternately to sun and space and reaches them both (or at least gets very near). There's also throat-singing on a couple of tracks which makes this even better. This review remains all too short and uninformative, but I don't have anything more to say than get this immediately and stand in awe. This music is for both heart and brain." Pekka PT, Dilettante's Digest
"Another excellent offering from Finnish motorcycle enthusiast and musician extraordinaire, Keijo. 'Soon With The Sun' is his fifth full-length and they just keep getting better and better, but what else would you expect from someone who's been making music for nearly 30 years. 'Soon With The Sun' explores mostly electronic based layers of deep, deep ambience tapping into the furthest caverns of the ocean unexplored by anyone else. This base is overlaid with some wonderful organic sounds - gentle plucking, organ drone, light percussion and even throat singing on a few tracks. Unless executed with care a mix of electronic and organic can cause problems but from listening to this Keijo sounds like he has mastered his art. Recommended." Second Layer Records
"Along with Open That Door, this album remains one my favorites by the finnish master of psychedelic folk music. Just what is going on on All The Way To The Mountain? What is that strange percussive noise in the background? It's both gloomy and joyous at the same time. Very conflicting! On Ahti's Boat (my favorite track) hints at future works like Jungle Joy and By the Mountains & Sea. On this track he actually plays a melody on his instrument and sings with his real voice for the first time. A very pleasant tune (until the white noise fades in later on) even though his voice is an acquired taste and a first hint of his folk influences. Electronics also play a bigger part once again after the relatively bare Unfolding Emptiness/Decomposing Dawn And Dew double CD on tracks like To Whom You Sing and Dancing On The Stardust (which sounds like it could be some weird electro-clash tune)." MyRecordCollection
"This one's odd. Keijo knows how to make spaced-out sounds electronically and acoustically. This album has a meditating feel to it, while elements from Finnish and eastern (Indian, Russian etc.) traditional music are added in the mix. As good as it is as background music, there's still something missing. Maybe I'm so pop-oriented personally that I would have liked to hear more singing - Keijo`s strange, nasal voice is present in only one song, On Ahti's boat.
Still, it`s great listening if you're in a mood for it. Check it out." Monolith