Lau Nau / War Lass
Laura Naukkarinen, aka Lau Nau is one of the more interesting names in the Finnish music scene - a singer-songwriter, producer and film music composer. Her songs are imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and her idiosyncratic, finely honed soundworld builds on fragile, spectral otherness. Her fourth album ”HEM. Någonstans” (Fonal records 2015) takes us to the fleeting borderline between contemporary classical and experimental music.
Lau Nau’s first solo albums were released in the US (Locust music 2005 & 2008). She has been touring around world ever since both solo and with her band. Lau Nau has opened for Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Lee Ranaldo in Helsinki on the bands' kind request, and played dates in New York and San Francisco, Super Deluxe in Tokyo, and Shanghai Expo in China to name a few.
The debut album, ‘Kuutarha’, won acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Dusted, with The Wire naming the LP in their top 50 albums of 2005, and citing her Philadelphia show of that year amongst “60 concerts that shook the world”. Lau Nau’s third album ‘Valohiukkanen’ (Fonal records 2012), was nominated for a series of prestigious music prizes in Finland like the Teosto prize.
During the past years, Naukkarinen has been composing music for films, theatre, dance and sound installations. She accompanies silent films live and composes music for feature films. Her original music score for Jan Forsström’s feature film ”Princess of Egypt” was nominated for the Jussi movie prize in Finland 2014.
War Lass is the solo project of Daniel Skevington, elusive Leeds-based electronics wizard blurring the lines between DIY and artigiano professionale. Oscillating his own body particles with heavy synth tones and the ragged reverberations of his mallard green guitar War Lass probes the deepest crevices of the eternal drone, emitting and deflecting sound waves left right and heavenwards, with the dexterity of a antiquarian bat let loose in the Chauvet cave. Kosmische tones for mental therapy, don't miss!
This concert is part of Fuse Art Space's exhibition "Exquisite Corpse" - for more information, see http://www.wearefuse.co/project/81/exquisite-corpse
Image: Katri Naukkarinen