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KESÄ: Set release date for SVART debut, premiere first video

Added 19 March 2015, 5:11 AM

The Helsinki-based band KESÄ (Summer) is gearing up for the release of their eponymous debut album, set to hit the streets on April 30th via Svart Records. Drawing inspiration from the new wave of punk, New Romanticism, and the 1980s, the songs on their debut album create an otherworldly mood, bringing to mind things such as Tangerine Dream's movie soundtrack works, Berlin's mega-hit "Take My Breath Away," or cold, clinical post-punk.

"I fell in love with music at a time when Finnish rock music was fascinating. It has been said that the music that touches us first determines our tastes for the rest of our lives," says vocalist Toni Salminen of the philosophy behind KESÄ, the band, and his lyric writing. Salmimen's lyrics contain memories, profiles of past people, and scenery from the backyards of the human mind. Despite the at-times grinding and industrial overtones of the debut, the band has striven to include a hint of ethereal warmth and organic energy in their sound.

Although KESÄ began in the summer of 2014, the quintet's members have a long history in the local punk and hardcore scene, including Lighthouse Project, ILLS, and Total Recall to name a few. For its members, KESÄ represents a newfound sense of liberty and the opportunity to throw caution to the wind and dive back into the music that these children of the late '70s and '80s first fell in love with. The band does stress, however, that their intention is to steer clear of being a pure nostalgia-driven vehicle and instead strive to grow, progress, and thrive as a modern creative collective. Hear/see evidence of such with the first video for "Harmaakuvia" HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for KESÄ's Kesä
1. Se ei sanonut mitään
2. Tuuli kääntyy
3. Vahdinvaihto
4. Säde
5. Sul on
6. Sotilaan mieli
7. Harju
8. Harmaakuvia
9. Pääskyvuori



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