Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi

IT ENDS WITH Ikuinen Purkautumaton Jännite, a six-minute epic journeying between Satie-esque minimalism and Jean-Michel Jarre surfing an endless breaker. Imagine the spoken-word section of Visage’s Fade To Grey in Saturn’s orbit. The Finnish-language title translates as Eternal Ejected Voltage.

“The former tram driver's most coherent album.”

It begins with J.E.K., where the album’s self-referencing maker sets his agenda with misty sax and pulsing, rolling synth. Between: disco, Michael Jackson and synth-pop are rendered in similar soft focus.

The eponymous Jaakko Eino Kalevi is around the eleventh album from the Finnish sonic auteur: his discography is hard to unpick as he’s a serial collaborator and has issued two albums as Jaakko Savolainen – how his mum and dad know him.

Kalevi nods to the Finnish national poem The Kalevala. The lovely Jaakko Eino Kalevi, the most coherent album so far from the former Helsinki tram driver, is a gem.


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