Peltola, Markku - Buster Keatonin Ratsutilalla

This is not a new album, but it's an album I just recently was hipped to by Jussi Lehtisalo of Circle and Pharoah Overlord, and it's a excellent, unlikely release from a man best known as the lead actor in the Aki Kaurismäki film, The Man Without A Past.
This is mostly small, charming pieces with some resemblances to Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Well worth hearing!

"Have you met Markku Peltola? No?! Well, maybe you have but cannot remember. Peltola played the main character in Aki Kaurismäki's prize-winning film The Man Without A Past.
On Buster Keatonin Ratsutilalla, guitarist Peltola and his accompanying musicians play a place- and timeless folk music. One just can't tell if these very laid back yet very cleverly arranged pieces have a set form or if they are excerpts from a jam-session. But then maybe Peltola and his cohorts are not so sure themselves. They probably don't care anyway.
Their music oscillates solemnly between queer humour and touching melancholy. This music sounds... well, easy, unobtrusive and sparse.
Peltola and his band use their means in an extremely economic way. Most of the time, the main melody is played by the violin. With very few notes, it says all there is to say. All other instruments -- electric and acoustic guitars, piano, brass and drums -- are playing in a very loose formation. Everything remains natural, easy and friendly. Thus the soft percussion grooves and the simple themes and their variations seem almost conclusive. If, in the presence of non-Scandinavians, Peltola claimed that he played traditional Finnish music on this album, he'd probably succeed with it."
  • LabelKlangbad
  • UPC4250063700386
Your Price $20.00

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