Tuesday, May 22, 2012

12 O'Clock Track: Lau Nau, "Painovoimaa, Valoa"

Posted By on 05.22.12 at 12:00 PM

I was introduced to Laura Naukkarinen (or Lau Nau for short) via 2008's Adventures in Modern Music festival at the Empty Bottle, whose eclectic lineups are intended to expose audiences to music outside their comfort zones. (I'm living proof that this actually works.) The Finnish singer-songwriter composes eccentric, experimental folk that often sidesteps traditional instruments for the sounds of found objects—when I saw Naukkarinen and partner Antti Tolvi perform live at the fest, each song seemed to end with the duo picking through a tabletop covered with rummage-sale knickknacks and other peculiar noisemakers.

Today's 12 O'Clock Track is "Painovoimaa, Valoa" from Nukkuu. I spun the album repeatedly this past weekend because it goes perfectly with an all-windows-open, breezy-apartment atmosphere. Lau Nau's soothing, breathy vocals float over sometimes fractured guitar and fiddle while touches of ambient noise creep into the song from every angle. It's a sirenlike track, as alluring as it is supernatural, and a great fit for warm weather and a blanket on the grass.

According to her website, Lau Nau began recording a new album in spring 2011, but I haven't been able to find any info about a release date.

Painovoimaa, valoa by Lau Nau

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