photo credit: Appu Jasu
In February of 2013, NEØV released their debut full-length, Orange Morning – an understated grand album with beams of shoegaze and post rock. Not lingering on the plaudits of their first record, the Finnish five-piece have been diligently working on a new set of ethereal tracks. Today, the Kuopio art-pop band debuts “Laketown” from their forthcoming LP, Dominique. Fresh cut from the editing room, the single is accompanied by a video directed by Appu Jasu of The New Tigers. Performance footages of NEØV is interweaved with “Elokuvaa vanhasta Kuopiosta” by Taavi Sutinenfilm – rare film clips of the band’s hometown in eastern Finland from the first half of the last century. The result is a haunting ode to a land that has inspired music of a mystical beauty.
According to frontman Anssi Neuvonen:
“Laketown is inspired by the horizon. It’s vantage point music about living in the farthest corner of the world. Behind the song is an image, where the morricone-esque skyline meets the bright present moment. So, when it comes to Appu’s video, mixing historical film material and fresh band footage is a natural continuum. Both the song and Appu’s video show honestly what inspires us, who are we, where in the world are we from – especially the video is such a sincere glance in our childhood’s magic world, where the dream of a band was inevitably surrounded by the unconscious influence of the nature, not the least of the lakes.”
“Laketown” from Dominique (due out later this year) is released via Fullsteam. The track will be featured on a Line of Best Fit curated 10″ vinyl on Record Store Day.
8 May: Eastwing, Brighton, UK (Q Magazine presents w/ Albert Hammond Jr, Jimi Goodwin)
10 May: Dome Studio, Brighton, UK – The Great Escape Festival.