+ Suomi Disko
Actually, somebody somewhat cynically once said that «These Finns managed to beat up on the passion of the Argentinian tango until there is nothing left of it than a sad slouching version in e moll.» If that’s as much a downer as it sounds we hasten to say that Uusikuu (new moon) & Suomi Disko - a uniquely individual group of musicians - also engage in the opposite of manic depression. Definitely better than what Xanax could ever do for you. Yes, of course there’s an art to wallowing in feeling blue but by collaborating with the original tangeros Marcello Nisnman and Fernando Miceli, they’re on to the lighter side of things as well by adding fun and furious humpaas. And swaying dreamy waltzes, sleek sophisticated foxtrots and rousing swirling swing by expanding the repertory of this high energy Finnish-German crew. Your swollen feet and collapsing windpipe will tell you’re in the thrall of a wild and woolly dance band here.
The groups’ members are lead singer Laura Ryhaenen on full-throat voice, Mikko Kuisma on Violin, Norbert Bremes on the accordion, Christoph Neuhaus on guitar and Steffen Hollenberger on contra bass. If there’s a message in their madness it’s that it’s fun to be sad! Yeah, please wallow in it and burn it forever into your psyche and enjoy this quintet’s whole oeuvre, from the perky «Hotel Untola» and feisty «Babylonia» to their brand new latest, this year’s «Suomi-Neito». That means «Finnish Maid» in their language and that juicy girl just saw the light of the nordic day while the band is simultaneously celebrating their tenth year on the tundra. Oh my! a little bit of sadness never felt this good.