The Song Navigator: Eco (Echo) – Lauri Ahtinen shows us what Eco sounds like

Eco (Echo) is one of the songs that were created in an absurdly short period of time, when we had decided to take the principle of “a song out every two weeks”. When I first heard it, I was amazed. I had taken part in the compositional work quite actively, and I’d proposed loads of ideas for the song we were indulged in. My handprint was crucial in what became Eco; almost all the ideas we used came from Okko, whereas the vast majority of the ditched ideas were mine…

The song couldn’t have hit me better, and I ended quite many busy nights then by stopping to listen to it, far too loud, all by myself, with my headphones on. I do admit that there is a place and a time for “feel good music” (on a sunny Saturday, yes), but far too often in music I crave for a feeling of threat, danger and aggression, discharged by ways of music.

This kind of music is a delicate kind, as expressing feelings through rhythm and melody is often a paradox. A west-African happy going rhythmic exhilaration easily makes me pretty frustrated by the time of the third song, due to an overdose of good vibrations. And the northern, anguished death metal tends to tumble down to something so pathetic it only makes you laugh. With Eco, I think we managed to paint quite an accurate picture of one sort of an emotional landscape.

A long time ago, as i was getting all excited about our future (now recent past) comics collaboration with Ville, I asked my friend Lauri (that also is a comics artist, I wonder how we tend to befriend with them) to re-draw our promo pics in the good old Kylli-täti style. I set the pictures on his table, I set the camera and the light pretty badly, and pressed play on his stereo (this time the song was Eco), and there he went, beautifully smutting the picture to suit the soundscape of the song. The resulting video leads us to suspect that his feelings aroused by the song are somewhat close to mine. And despite the black paint he uses, I believe we both pretty much like the song.

-kili

Thank you, 45 Special (I survived!)

Last time we had a gig things just didn´t quite work out for me. First of all, my flight was late and I had a little bit stress for that. I couldn’t make it to the sound check and couldn´t check up properly the stage and my monitor. That´s why I felt a little bit insecure as I entered the stage.

The gig started and on a very first minute my wide dance scarf got stuck in a guitar. I tried to stay calm and free my scarf from Okko´s guitar. I made it, but after that, during the second piece of dance my heel went through the floor and I lost my balance and almost fell down. And so the rest of the gig I had to watch out not to step into the hole. Anyway, I didn´t  have enough space to dance and I was hitting everything around me when dancing (Heikki´s cymbals, a  handrail in front of stage, a  microphone stand etc.)

When we had a break between two songs, I moved from the dance floor to play the glockenspiel. I was really thirsty but I didn´t see my own water bottle and I took a huge swallow from Kili´s drink. What I didn´t know was that Kili´s drink was something much stronger than water and I almost threw up. After that I started playing the song, but I didn´t hear anything from my ear monitor. I was so confused that I wasn´t sure which tunes I had to play.

After all, people liked the gig and maybe didn´t notice what was happening with me on the stage. When you are an artist you just have to stay cool on a stage and try not to show your mistakes. After all, the continuous chaos in my head was the worst thing on that gig. Still I survived and when the final bulerias started, I was really happy and relieved!

-Elina