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Artist: LAU NAU
Title: Hem. Någonstans
Format: CD
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $16.00
"Hem. Någonstans is the fourth album by Lau Nau. This time she takes us to the fleeting borderline between contemporary classical and experimental music, true to her idiosyncratic style. The electroacoustic orchestrations pilot the listener through an archipelago of cloud constellations to rest on massive pillows of sound. Pekko Käppi, the emperor of the jouhikko (a traditional Finnish string instrument), plays all of the string arrangements on Hem. Någonstans. The album is an instrumental soundtrack to Lotta Petronellas 2015 documentary HOME. Somewhere, a boldly poetic film that takes place on the most remote islands of Finland, asking the question, "Will the human soul ever find a home?" Lau Naus music adds its soul to the film and acts as its fourth character, alongside the three main subjects. Laura Naukkarinen aka Lau Nau (born 1980) is one of the more interesting names in the Finnish music scene. She composes, records, and produces her music mainly by herself. Her first solo albums were released in the US by Locust Music (Kuutarha (2004) and Nukkuu (2008)), and she has been touring the world ever since. Lau Nau began composing film music by accompanying silent films and contemporary dance and theater. Her original score for Jan Forsströms 2013 film Silmäterä (The Princess of Egypt) was nominated for a Jussi Award for Best Music, and her 2012 album Valohiukkanen (FR 088CD/LP) was nominated for the Teosto Prize, one of the most prestigious art prizes in the Nordic countries. At the time of this release, Lau Nau tours and plays concerts in a family-friendly tempo and accompanies silent films while working on her next album and preparing compositions for theater." - Fonal.

Artist: LAU NAU
Title: Valohiukkanen
Format: CD
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $18.00
"Recorded in 2011 on Kemiö Island, in Turku, Tampere and Stockholm, this is Lau Naus long-awaited third LP, Valohiukkanen. An articulate work of delicate beauty featuring nine new Lau Nau originals and one cover version, it is adorned by an array of instrumentation, and enhanced by the integration of rhythm and percussion -- a thing rarely heard on Lau Nau albums. Although its safe to say the mood is still firmly rooted in the shadowy side of life, we are occasionally taken to a disco -- yet that, too, sounds as if it may have been organized by Death. Tonally and texturally rich and immersive, the new record includes contributions from Pekko Käppi on jouhikko, Jaakko Tolvi on drums, Antti Tolvi on bass and alto clarinet, Kristian Holmgren on guitar, synths and percussion and Matti Bye on grand piano and celesta. The cover photographs were taken by renowned Finnish photographer Susanna Majuri, as part of her "Imaginary Homeland" series. Lau Nau is the musical alias and persona of Laura Naukkarinen. Her debut album, Kuutarha, won acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Dusted, with The Wire naming the LP amongst their top 50 albums of 2005, and citing her Philadelphia show of that year amongst "60 concerts that shook the world." Valohiukkanen continues the path laid down by her previous records, but if her psych-folk roots are still visible then the branches are further reaching, the music imbued with a timeless, cinematic breadth of vision. Retaining her penchant for a fragile, spectral other-ness, these 10 interrelated snapshots draw the listener towards Naukkarinens idiosyncratic, finely-honed sound-world, unconsciously paralleling other luminaries such as Smog, Sigur Rós, or Linda Perhacs with her singular sense of purpose." - Fonal.

Artist: LAU NAU
Title: Valohiukkanen
Format: LP
Label: Fonal
Country: Finland
Price: $22.00
"Recorded in 2011 on Kemiö Island, in Turku, Tampere and Stockholm, this is Lau Naus long-awaited third LP, Valohiukkanen. An articulate work of delicate beauty featuring nine new Lau Nau originals and one cover version, it is adorned by an array of instrumentation, and enhanced by the integration of rhythm and percussion -- a thing rarely heard on Lau Nau albums. Although its safe to say the mood is still firmly rooted in the shadowy side of life, we are occasionally taken to a disco -- yet that, too, sounds as if it may have been organized by Death. Tonally and texturally rich and immersive, the new record includes contributions from Pekko Käppi on jouhikko, Jaakko Tolvi on drums, Antti Tolvi on bass and alto clarinet, Kristian Holmgren on guitar, synths and percussion and Matti Bye on grand piano and celesta. The cover photographs were taken by renowned Finnish photographer Susanna Majuri, as part of her "Imaginary Homeland" series. Lau Nau is the musical alias and persona of Laura Naukkarinen. Her debut album, Kuutarha, won acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Dusted, with The Wire naming the LP amongst their top 50 albums of 2005, and citing her Philadelphia show of that year amongst "60 concerts that shook the world." Valohiukkanen continues the path laid down by her previous records, but if her psych-folk roots are still visible then the branches are further reaching, the music imbued with a timeless, cinematic breadth of vision. Retaining her penchant for a fragile, spectral other-ness, these 10 interrelated snapshots draw the listener towards Naukkarinens idiosyncratic, finely-honed sound-world, unconsciously paralleling other luminaries such as Smog, Sigur Rós, or Linda Perhacs with her singular sense of purpose." - Fonal.
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Artist: LAU NAU
Title: Nukkuu
Format: LP
Label: Locust
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"180 gram deluxe gatefold vinyl version. "Nukkuu (Finnish for Sleeps) is the long-awaited sophomore album by celebrated Finnish femme folk fave, Lau Nau. Nukkuu is psychedelic, abstract and emotionally captivating. Nukkuu is an album of changes. In the years since her debut album Kuutarha, Laura became a mother, moved to the Finnish countryside and took valuable time to carve out a space for her enchanted art in the new-found tranquility of her remote surroundings. Conceived in tight attics and vacant dens on off-hours when her young son Nuutti was fast asleep, this is an intimately-crafted nine-song collection that unfolds like dreamlike musical ribbons for the senses and delivers the listener to a place of unhurried contentedness."- Locust
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