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Band:   Mäkkelä | LP, CD(2015) MP3  soundcloud Real Media Stream
Release:   Last of a dying Breed MP3   Real Media Stream
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Geoff BernerMÄKKELÄ
- Last Of A Dying Breed


Like any good crop or classy wine this album needed it's time to grow and mature to full bloom. Mäkkelä's to date third full-length work finally became pretty much an exceptional, off-kilter contemporary singer-songwriter album. Another surprising twist in sound and attitude by an artist who's approach to songwriting never was particularly predictable.
From the darkly joyous, lofi flavoured indie pop tunes of the 2003 debut album as Mäkkelä's Trash Lounge, a pop-goes-folk-meets-electronica experiment (the Penguin ep in 2005) to his 2009 release Means Nothing In Hitchin with the full on indie rock outfit Mäkkelä & Orkesteri to his latest collaboration, the almost chamber music tinged acoustic album with Dutch guitarist/songwriter Robin van Velzen as Church Of The Blue Nun in 2011.
Apparently all ingredients came in well balanced on this album. Recorded in a period of a good two years in places as different as an abandoned warehouse in Rovaniemi, the old DDR Radio studios in Berlin, his family's summer cottage near Lammi, his living room and the Lone Star Studio in Nürnberg. Contributions of a variety of amazing musicians one would not necessarily expect in this context. Obviously the right combination to make the songs on "Last Of A Dying Breed" what they are: one of the genres extravaganzas in 2015. A stripped down, intense album very close to Mäkkelä's live performances. An album reflecting on a life on the road and the issues to come with it, Mäkkelä is still enough of an alert spectator to pick up little stories, polaroids of situations en route and carve touching songs out of this material in his very own way. This is the real thing. This is music grown in forgotten bars on shabby back roads, matured on the dashboard of a tour van, born in the solitude of a motorway service station middle of the night. And still it has got enough of a subtle folk punk energy and the twinkle in the eye of one who looks back in amusement on moments not necessarily the funniest ones.

Tracklist LP:

A-Side
I Never Liked This Town
Saints
Not Where I Belong
Air Catalan
Bottle Hill
In The South West (LP version)

B-Side
Reason
Tramontana
Highway Song
Jericho-Berlin
Crisis
Good Friday


Tracklist CD:

I Never Liked This Town
Saints
Not Where I Belong
Air Catalan
In The South West (CD version)
Tramontana
Highway Song
Jericho - Berlin
Reason
Crisis
Bottle Hill
Good Friday

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