Finnish artist Laura Naukkarinen (a.k.a Lau Nau) sings dreamy folk tales that explore the farthest reaches of sonic imagination. Her debut album Kuutarha (on Chicago's Locust Music, 2005) was delicate and exotic, but on her sophomore release Nukkuu (Finnish for Sleeps) there is a new found warmth. Recording in the off hours, hiding away in the attic or empty den while her newborn son slept, Laura found the love of a child inspirational and dreamlike. Her sound follow suit as she weaves found sound and hazy electronic around her soft Finnish lyrics.
Nukkuu will be released on May 13th on Chicago's Locust Music, and would be a fine addition to any collection containing Dead Can Dance, El Perro Del Mar, or John Cage.
Listen to: Lue Kartalta (mp3)
Speaking of delicate and breathy, the time has come to see Lykke Li and El Perro Del Mar live in concert! Come on you know you want to:
May 6 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
May 7 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
May 8 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
May 9 - Middle East - Boston, MA
May 10 - Lambi - Montreal, Quebec
May 11 - Mod Club - Toronto, Ontario
May 12 - Schuba's - Chicago, IL
May 14 - Red Room - Vancouver, British Columbia
May 15 - Triple Door, Seattle, WA
May 16 - Dough Fir - Portland, OR
May 18 - Bimbo's - San Francisco, CA
May 19 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA