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Lau Nau (FI)

Lau Nau’s abstract folk is a mosaic of a myriad of instruments that fall where they may, with free open structures, balancing on a thin wire of logical evolution, with surprising harmonies. Still, the songs have strong backbones. Melody is suggested through the contours of a wandering and warm voice. Lau Nau’s debut album is released by the Chicago-based label Locust and is an amazing slice of outdoor sounds, multi-instrumentation, surreal and lush vocals. “The music, compared to reading literature, is a book with the leaves spread in the order of a tree. You get a three-dimensional picture, like nature's sounds from a human soul.”

Lau Nau is Laura Naukkarinen and her wonderly wonderful friends. So far these helpers have been:...

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Islaja (FI)

Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a visual artist and musician from Helsinki, Finland, now living and working in Berlin, Germany. She records her music at home using a rainbow of instruments to accompany her personal vocal delivery sang in Finnish. Islaja's debut album Meritie (2004) gained praise in international music media such as The Wire, Dusted Magazine and WFMU. The follow-up release Palaa aurinkoon (2005) caused even more excitement and created quite a stir. 2007 saw the release of her third album Ulual yyy on Fonal and a live CD Blaze Mountain Recordings on Ecstatic Peace label. Her latest album is called Keraaminen pää, released on Fonal in the end of 2010.

She has already played numerous large festivals including Eurosonic,...

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