Wednesday, January 28, 2015

East of the Sun & West of the Moon

2CD retrospective released on Anima Arctica,

Aura Shining Green: East of the Sun & West of the Moon
6-panel digipack double-CD, 33 tracks, approx. 145min. 15€ + postages

Released on the name day of Joonatan, the massive retrospective compilation double-CD of Joonatan Elokuu's wandering psychedelic folk group Aura Shining Green sees the light of day and the bright moonlit night.

Joonatan has been working with meditative organic music since 2002. Recurring themes have so far been traveling, saudade, nature, existentialist philosophy, wanderlust, snails, hedgehogs and mushrooms. Aura Shining Green features a fluctuating cast of members around Joonatan Elokuu.

The first part "East of the Sun" carries the soft fragrance of flowers and the sunlit forests, reminding us perhaps of the works of B'ee (In Gowan Ring & Birch Book), Nick Drake and even early tunes of Leonard Cohen. Second part takes us through the mysterious moonlit nights filled with wonder & magic. Bearing the ever present strong psychedelic folk aura and possibly some hints the artists mentioned earlier, these stories are murkier and full of feeling and intimacy. One might even hear some reminiscences of works of Timothy Renner (Stone Breath, Crow Tongue...) or even legendary Coil in more ambient parts and synthesizer works. The beauty and depth of detail of his magnum opus of is underlined by masterful guitarwork and his soft and tender vocals.
Life is a sequence of goodbyes and blessing ways.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Garlic, Ginseng, Cranes & Masked Bears