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Last month, Jaakko Eino Kalevi announced news of his second album for Weird World, Out Of Touch will be released on October 12th and explores the idea of switching off, fast becoming one of the great luxuries of modern life. Today, he shares the second cut from the record, ‘People In The Centre Of The City’ – a sweet slice of continental pop in the tradition of Jaakko classics such as ‘Flexible Heart’ and ‘Deeper Shadows’.
On ‘People in the Centre of the City’, JEK recalls his time as a tram driver in Helsinki. “I began to notice that sometimes people in the city would have so much perfume on that the whole tram would smell really strongly but so perfectly.”
Drawing inspiration from time spent in Athens, on Out of Touch the Finnish songwriter broadens his horizons while focusing on his inner self. “Everyone knows the meaning of out of touch and it usually has negative connotations, such as lacking the latest information,” he says. “But to be out of touch can be the most ideal state.”
This album – his fifth solo set – feels like a natural step forward for an artist whose all-round skills have led him down some intriguing paths in the time since his last full-length. Notably, he played on David Byrne’s recent ‘American Utopia’ album, and in 2016 he was invited to join the line-up of Crammed Discs’ cult Belgian new-wave band Aksak Maboul for a run of shows. Last year, Jaakko’s synth act Man Duo released their debut album Orbit.
Upcoming live dates
Sat 6th October – Radio Rasa’s 20th Birthday, Schaffhausen Tickets
Mon 15th October – Moth Club, London Tickets
Wed 24th October – Sofia Future Farm, Helsinki Tickets
Thurs 25th October – OT301, Amsterdam Tickets
Tues 6th November – Supersonic, Paris Tickets
Thurs 8th November – Marie-Antoinette, Berlin Tickets
Thurs 29th November – Radar, Aarhus Tickets
Fri 30th November – Fasching, Stockholm Tickets
Out of Touch will be available to pre-order on gold-coloured deluxe vinyl with comic strip designed by Jyrki Nissinen (exclusive to Dom Mart), deluxe vinyl with comic strip (exclusive to indies), standard vinyl, CD and digital download. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital