Scratchy archive tapes, a toy accordion and a hydroelectric power station: just some of the aural and thematic ingredients of Suistamon Sähkö’s potent and energy laden ‘folktronica’.
A call to arms and a call to the dancefloor, their politically activated mix of rap poetry and Karelian roots is informed by the extensive research of accordionist, composer and lyricist, Anne-Mari Kivimäki, into the culture and turbulent history of the Russian, once Finnish, region of eastern Karelia. Migrants’ stories are carried along on trance-inducing rhythms squeezed out of her button accordion as multi-tasking Sväng harmonicat and ubiquitous collaborator, Eero Grundström, tweaks the beats and the dance-inducing electronics. Volatile vocals and incessant animation are provided by Reeta-Kaisa Iles and Tuomas Juntunen. A committed quartet whose intriguing stories of the past resonate with contemporary relevance, both lyrically and musically.
Anne-Mari Kivimäki - accordion, vocals
Eero Grundström - electronics
Reetta-Kaisa Iles - vocals
Tuomas Juntunen - vocals
Presented By: Music Finland