I wonder what the weather in Finland is like...because if I didn't know that Artisokka hail from this pop-friendly country, I'd think they were from Seattle or something! The gorgeous songs they've crafted for their debut album "a hiding place in the arbor" are just perfect for the quiet raindrops and soft grey skies we see here.
This CD is soooo amazing! Songwriter/Vocalist Jari Hilden brings us 9 songs of beauty, with the help of Sami Rouhento and Jani Tihinen of fellow Finnish-pop-wonders, Cessna. They have a quiet sort-of 1960's sound to them, with beautiful string arrangements accompanying them. "Mint" in particular, with it's groovy bass line and bright tambourine, sounds like a poppier Left Banke to me!
And sometimes the sound is very jazzy, and Sea-and-Cake-like (one of my fave bands ever!), especially on the instrumental "Black Puzzle" which sounds so much like my beloved TSAC, I almost expect to hear Sam Prekop's vocals come in after the opening moody bass line and the brisk brush-hit drums kick in. Swoon!
But then songs like "Never Leave Me" and "Cold Winter" (my fave song on the CD) rock out quietly like The Shins, another 60's-influenced-band and another personal-fave-band! Really, how dreamier could this CD be? Sooo highly recommended!!! (janice.01.03)