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Artist: KEIJO
Title: Soon With The Sun
Format: CDR
Label: 267 Lattajjaa
Country: Finland
Price: $11.00

Artist: KEIJO
Title: Flying Over
Format: CD
Label: Digitalis
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"The godfather of the Finnish Underground is back with his most complete album to date. Keijo Virtanens far-reaching hands can be felt throughout the Nordic peninsula from his home in Jyväskylä. While he often performs in numerous groups such as The Free Players and Kheta Hotem, it is in his solo work that he is most accomplished. Virtanen is not just a talented and prolific musician, but also an artist and published author. His inspiration and creativity know no bounds. At 54 years-old, Virtanen still rides his motorcycle all over the country and shows no signs of letting up. Virtanen finally took his show on the road this past autumn, touring with members of Uton and Vapaa throughout Northern Europe. He also released two CDs on the much heralded Last Visible Dog imprint. Flying Over is the culmination of a landmark year for this troubadour. These nine tracks run the gambit of all of Keijos talents, from the rattling blues transgressions of On the Edge, to the throat singing-laced organic drone of Late Night Here & Far Away. Virtanens range is pure magic. While the bulk of Flying Over is entirely Virtanens creation, he is joined by two of his closest collaborators on two tracks: Sami Virtanen and Jussi Karsikas, two extremely talented Finns in their own right. Whatever the moment calls for, though, Virtanen fills the void and the empty space with exactly what is needed. He is a wizard of sound and a seemingly endless well of magnificent music. It shouldnt be surprising for someone who makes their home at the center of the universe." - Digitalis.
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Artist: KEIJO
Title: Palla, Blown From Here
Format: CD
Label: Digitalis
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Keijo hails from Jyväskylä, Finland - a small town in the north that claims to be the center of the universe.  In the sprawling Finnish underground, Keijo is the wise sage who everyone admires.  In his 52 years, he has travelled the world twice and seen his share of turmoil.  He was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident and still bears a metal plate in his skull as a constant reminder.  But these experiences have been essential in shaping the sound world he constructs with his fingertips. After releasing a handful of small-run CD-R releases on labels such as Pseudoarcana, Lal Lal Lal, and Foxglove, Palla, Blown From Here sees Keijo finally getting the larger audience he deserves.  He has  worked and collaborated with Finnish acts such as Vapaa, Avarus, and Kheta Hotem.  This CD, limited to 500 copies, sees Keijo taking a more solemn path, reflecting on the quiet moments nature brings.  These nine songs showcase Keijos array of talents, including his impressive throat-singing abilities.  Palla, Blown From Here is the aural transition of summer into autumn.  Over the course of this album, Keijos soft acoustic compositions flow from him like prose from a poets pen.  The beauty this music exudes is a testament to his life and his work.  This is Keijos world and we are just living in it. Packaged in beautiful imported paper in slip case." - Digitalis.

Artist: KEIJO
Title: Whose Dream We Live In?
Format: CD
Label: Fire Museum
Country: USA
Price: $12.50
"Finlands master of psychfolkdroneblues music emerges with what may well be his most engaging release yet! Considered by many to be the forefather of the much lauded Finnish musical underground, Whose Dream We Live In? serves as Keijos sonic calling card -- bringing together many of the diverse elements that his music has been celebrated for into a joyous whole. From blues (by way of Jyväskylä) meditations to spaceship lullabies to psychedelic rave ups and beyond, Keijo has opened the door into his musical universe for all to enter. Dont miss your chance, accept his invitation or its your loss, friend. For the most part a solo outing (although he is assisted by Leila on four of the eleven tracks here) Whose Dream We Live In? assuredly answers the question it poses. For the duration of the disc, enjoy living in the dream that Keijo has conjured up for you. We will not be held liable if, upon awakening, your world never looks the same again." - Fire Museum.

Artist: KEIJO
Title: Unfolding Emptiness/ Decomposing Dawn and Dew
Format: Double CDR
Label: Pseudoarcana
Country: New Zealand
Price: $17.00
" Celebrating PseudoArcanas 50th release is a new double album by Finlands Keijo Virtanen. Keijos cdr on LalLalLal last year was one of my favourites of the year, and "Unfolding Emptiness" follows on from where that one left off. Keijo uses harmonic singing, home-made 2 string, chimes, electronics and maultrommel to create a hyper-atmospheric soundworld that somehow manages to convince one that Mt Kailash is perhaps actually in the middle of a forest in Finland, rather than in Central Asia... "Decomposing Dawn and Dew" is, if anything, even better! On this disk Keijo is joined by Juri Joensuu and Sami Virtanen. Where the 1st disk celebrates the chaos of eccentric juxtaposition, the 2nd focusses more resolutely upon the drone itself. All packaged in a fancy gatefold sleeve with art work by Keijo." - Pseudoarcana.

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