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Juhannus 3008

by Mallisto

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Mallisto, founded in Helsinki by Christer Nuutinen (kb/v) and Jukka Vallisto (bg) in the mid-nineties, was active off and on for several years with slightly varying lineups, Nuutinen and Jenni Rope (kb/v) being present in most of the incarnations. Either as a duo or with Vallisto, and later with Ilja Karsikas on guitar.

A year or so of semi-active live playing (at events ranging from ordinary club gigs to art show openings and private house warming parties in tiny student flats) gradually saw the bands output evolve from childish instrumental electro pop to a peculiar lo-fi sound, mixing synth pop and psychedelia. The only recording to enter the public sphere during Mallisto's active phase was the self-released EP Polku, performed and produced in 2000 by Nuutinen and Rope as a duo.

Quite sadly, as the band continued to further refine its trademark sound - finally matured into their very own specific blend of Lo-fi Ambient Folk Pop - their active phase also seemed to slowly but firmly grind to a halt. Today, not even the members of Mallisto themselves are sure if the group still exists.

Juhannus 3008 compiles 5 tracks, originally recorded in separate sessions, during a time span of almost 15 years, but still managing to sum up as one solid body of work. Here a charming array of old electric pianos, organs and beautiful analog synths are paired with frail lullaby vocals and the occasional hand picked guitar to a most enchanting effect.

Melodies - melancholic, warm and inviting - hover mid-air, gently held afloat in the almost invisible, ethereal embrace of buzzing oscillators, reversed tape loops and a strange kind of audible silence. The bands instantly recognizable sound is simultaneously both rich and humble, intimate and spacious.

- Tom Backström, Erikoisdance

Track listing:

1. Laulu numero 1 [Silmu / Magda / Mitja] 03:34
2. Laulu numero 2 [Mitja / Silmu] 02:05
3. Juhannus 3008 [Silmu] 01:27
4. Halkio (Beats) [Magda / Silmu] 02:44
5. Syysjami [Silmu / Magda] 04:12
6. Juhannus 3008 (Bongo Mix by Erikoismies) 04:25


released April 10, 2012

Mitja: Electric Guitar.
Magda: Casio CZ-5000, Electric Piano, vocals.
Silmu: Ensoniq EPS-16+, Roland D-50 and SH-101, Boss DR-202 & SP-202, Yamaha CS-01, programming & vocals.

Car service instructions on Laulu #1 Kari Nuutinen.
Front cover: Mallisto approx. 1998 – Rope (far right), Nuutinen and Vallisto. Photo by Maarit Hohteri.

Recorded and mixed at Pacific-Atlantic Mobile Studio except #6 composed and mixed by Erikoismies at Erikoisdance Liiter.

Original release Erikoisdance 13: Mallisto – Juhannus 3008 (CDR, 2009). Digital re-release 10th April 2012.



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Mallisto Helsinki, Finland

The band was founded in Helsinki by Christer Nuutinen (kb/ voc) and Jukka Vallisto (b/ voc) in the mid- 90's.

Mallisto was active off and on for several years with slightly varying lineups.

Nuutinen and Jenni Rope (kb/ voc) were present in most of the incarnations, either as a duo or with Vallisto, and later with Ilja Karsikas on guitar.
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