Shogun Kunitoki: ‘Mulberg’ live (2010)
Direct link: http://vimeo.com/15876957
Shogun Kunitoki performing the track ‘Mulberg’ from their album Vinonaamakasio (Fonal, 2009).
Shot and edited by Sami Sänpäkkilä at Kumu Öö festival, Tallinn, Estonia, June 4th 2010.
“Selge see, et laulja polnud kõige säravam kooripoiss. Eriti palas “Lovechild” on tal viisipidamisega tõsiseid raskusi - aga see võib samahästi olla kaval maskeering, et käesolev seitsmetolline mõjuks võimalikult veidralt. Nimelt lauluosa eest hoolitseb Soome elektroonilise muusika skene taganttõukaja Erkki Rautio ehk pHinn, kes on ka
PhinnWEB-nimelise saidi looja ning Kompleksit nimetatakse selle “majaorkestriks”. “Lovechild” on nagu varahommikune karaoke peale ägedat ööd baaris, kuhu on jäänud kõige kangemad, kuid mitte tingimata kõige ilusamad. “Moscow Nineteen Eighty” on puhevil ja lahedalt rulliv elektrolugu neile, kes mäletavad esimesi idablokis peetud olümpiamänge ja sõbralikku karu nimega Миша. Vokaal ja sõnad on sama napakad, nagu teisel poolel, aga Soome huumorist tuleb lihtsalt aru saada.”
“Definitely, the singer was not a choir boy of merit. Especially on ‘Lovechild’ carrying a tune is a real challenge for him - but it could be just a clever disguise to keep this seven-inch as weird as possible. Because the guy doing the vocal part is Erkki Rautio AKA pHinn, an instigator of the Finnish electronic music scene and founder of PhinnWEB with Kompleksi being this website’s ‘house band’. ‘Lovechild’ is like early-morning karaoke after a heavy night in the bar where only the boldest, and not necessarily the most beautiful, have survived. ‘Moscow Nineteen Eighty’ is a bombastic and nicely rolling electro track for those who remember the first Olympic Games held in the Eastern Bloc, and the friendly bear Миша. The vocal and lyrics are as silly as on the flip but you just have to live with Finnish humor.”
Georg Ots: ‘Muuttuvat laulut’ (“Changing songs”, 1969)
Estonian opera singer George Ots (1920 - 1975) would celebrate his 90th birthday today. Ots made versions of his popular songs in Estonian, Russian and Finnish. This one was a Finnish original by Rauno Lehtinen (music) and Tuula Valkama (lyrics), and was to become an evergreen. Also Aki Kaurismäki included the song in one of his films.
Disko ja tuumasõda (“Disco and Atomic War”, 2009): trailer
“Pic argues that Finnish telecasts of Yank series Dallas, soft-porn classic Emmanuelle and disco-dancing footage won over the hearts and minds of Estonian auds to capitalism’s pleasures, paving the way for the breakup of Soviet Union. Roughly half the pic soberly recounts how Finnish television from the 1950s onward broadcast ”subversive” ideas to Estonia that ultimately undermined Soviet cultural hegemony.”