Real Music for Unreal Times: Vol. 2

by Kumea Sound

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    *** THERE ARE CURRENTLY DIFFICULTIES IN SHIPPING VINYL OUTSIDE EU SO THE SHIPPING COSTS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD — WE ARE TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION! *** Get both Real Music for Unreal Times albums at a reduced price. The overarching theme of the albums is emptiness — the first one from 2015 is a minimalistic reflection of sorrow and loss, the second one from 2020 sees hope in absence of normal life. Also a download code will be provided for Vol 1 if you buy this one!

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about

The fourth album by Kumea Sound, Real Music for Unreal Times: Vol.2, is a follow up to his similarly titled album from 2015. Recorded during the spring of 2020, the album is a surprisingly hopeful and comforting reflection on physical and psychological emptiness and distances the world has been experiencing during the coronavirus lockdown. Handpans and various string instruments (such as jouhikko, viola da gamba, cello, double bass) blend seamlessly together with experimental electronic sounds, many of which were produced with an experimental Russian synthesizer Soma Lyra-8. The album, which could be described as ambient chamber music from the future, may share some DNA with the works from Nils Frahm and Arve Henriksen, but in the end it is a unique work with its own musical language and logic. It is melancholic but simultaneously a soothing and solacing ambient work for these troubled times.

credits

released June 5, 2020

Lauri Wuolio - cupola, Lyra-8, vocals, production
Iida Sinivalo - cello
Ilkka Heinonen - jouhikko (bowed lyre), tenor & double bass viol (viola da gamba), double bass

Mixed by Lauri Wuolio. Mastering by Niko Liinamaa.

Recorded in Helsinki in March/April 2020 during the pandemic lockdown.

Photography by Perttu Saksa. Design by Lauri Wuolio.

Released on Future Rust.

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Kumea Sound Helsinki, Finland

Lauri Wuolio's Kumea Sound is a combination of sensitivity and deep shadows. The acoustic cupolas (handpans) intertwine with experimental electronic layers and guide the listener into strangely dynamic yet meditative mindscapes. Samplers, synthesizers and drum machines bring contrast to the otherworldy sound of the cupola, which reminds of harp, bells and tuned drums. ... more

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