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Fonal from Tampere is our favourite label for experimental/weird/et al music from Finland. The catalogue includes releases by Lau Nau, Olimpia Splendid, Kemialliset Ystävät, Shogun Kunitoki, Es, Kiila, Jarse and many more - and, actually, also some fine non-Finish releases, by Ignaz, Goodiepal or Pretty Lightning.

 
"Samurai Rauni feature film received two Jussi nominations. The Finnish equivalent of Oscar. Nominations are for make-up design (Anna Elo and Mika Rättö) and music (Pasi Salmi, Mika Rättö, Harri Sippola and Sami Sänpäkkilä). Soundtrack features music from the ...
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FR-100 | FONAL

LAU NAU - POSEIDON (CD)

"Laura Naukkarinen returns with her 5th album as Lau Nau. Poseidon is a suite of luminous, world-weary songs that exist in a world of all their own, treading the line between chamber folk and experimental pop with a distinctly Scandinavian melancholy. Centered around ...
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FR-104 | FONAL

""Hem. Nagonstans" is the fourth album of Lau Nau. This time she takes us to the fleeting borderline between contemporary classical and experimental music, true to her idiosyncratic style. The electroacoustical orchestrations of the album pilot the listener through an ...
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FR-101 | FONAL

"The long awaited debut album by Olimpia Splendid will finally be released 3rd of July! The recording will give the listener that familiar, hypnotic and noisy electric guitar music that we first heard in 2013 when Fonal Records released the seven inch EP "Nuttu nurin". ...
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FR-99CD | FONAL

PÖLLÖT - PÖLLÖT (LP)

"Pöllöt are a Finnish rock band formed in Turku in 2012. Previously, the band have released a tape called Ekat demot (Early demos) and played shows in Finland. Despite their brief history, the band have caused a stir in the music press and won over audiences up and ...
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FR-98LP | FONAL

PÖLLÖT - PÖLLÖT (CD)

"Pöllöt are a Finnish rock band formed in Turku in 2012. Previously, the band have released a tape called Ekat demot (Early demos) and played shows in Finland. Despite their brief history, the band have caused a stir in the music press and won over audiences up and ...
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FR-98CD | FONAL

"Formed in the early days of the current decade, Jarse are a power duo from Turku who swear by the name of psychedelic minimalism. Det gar runt igen is the band's meticulously honed debut album - one that has been nearly finished for years but, owing to a number of ...
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FR-96CD | FONAL

"Olimpia Splendid are Heta, Jonna and Katri, an all-female trio from Finland. They formed the band in the Summer of 2010, having also played in the likes of Toblerones, Bananas, Snällas Blood, Hertta Lussu Ässä, Hockey Night and Kuupuu. Nuttu Nurin, their debut 7" ...
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FR-93 | FONAL

"Whilst 'Can I Go Home Now?' is Ignatz's first Fonal release, it is in fact his fifth full-length album proper. Recorded in Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium between 2011 and 2012 on four-track and computer, the album sees Devens shift his focus toward more exclusively ...
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FR-91CD | FONAL

"Eeliks:en aka. Eelis Mikael Salminen is a seven year old boy in his first year at primary school. He also studies at Sara Hilden Academy's fine art school. He learned to read when he was three years old. His favourite bands include Beatles, AC/DC, Beastie Boys, Robin, ...
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FR-90 | FONAL

"Vähän multaa päälle (trl. Put a Little Dirt On Top) is a compilation vinyl featuring exclusive tracks from bands that reside in Tampere, Finland. It was commissioned by the art exhibition Tampere 5th Triennal as a part of their exhibition catalogue. The amazingly ...
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FR-87LP | FONAL

"Barry Andrewsin Disko is a pseudonymn of Jukka Herva. Hailing from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and the current home of Santa Claus, Jukka now lives now in Turku, Finland. Barry Andrewsin Disko (Barry Andrews' Disco) doesn't have anything to do with the keyboard ...
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FR-85CD | FONAL

"Pretty Lightning is a psychedelic blues duo and the spiritual home of Christian Berghoff and Sebastian Haas - Brothers in mind and sons of the Datashock family collective. Deep pounding drums drive fuzzy guitars, sweet soundscapes float behind dark droning organs, ...
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FR-83CD | FONAL

"Tuusanuuskat is a collaboration between Es and Tomutonttu. The name of the project Tuusanuuskat is a play on words derived from the phrase "tuusan nuuskana", (tr. total shambles). It is a Finnish saying that is used when something has broken to a million pieces. Es is ...
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FR-78LP | FONAL

"Tuusanuuskat is a collaboration between Es and Tomutonttu. The name of the project Tuusanuuskat is a play on words derived from the phrase "tuusan nuuskana", (tr. total shambles). It is a Finnish saying that is used when something has broken to a million pieces. Es is ...
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FR-78CD | FONAL

"This much anticipated self-titled album has been under construction since 2007. Despite (or perhaps because of) all the trouble with computers and quality standards that the band set for the material, Tv-resistori has manged to encourage its horse to a gallop ...
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FR-77LP | FONAL

"The third installment is an even gloomier prospect (if possible) than before: this time the protagonist, housewife serial killer Eleanoora escapes to the heart and the city of a dark star. Although musically in a similar vein to previous albums Vainajan muotokuva ...
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FR-76CD | FONAL

"If Islaja's previous albums for Fonal appear to exhibit a more overtly pastoral nature, this in part feels coincidental, or secondary to something much larger and more difficult to define. From the earliest Islaja recordings, Merja has made the simplest of ...
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FR-72LP | FONAL

"If Islaja's previous albums for Fonal appear to exhibit a more overtly pastoral nature, this in part feels coincidental, or secondary to something much larger and more difficult to define. From the earliest Islaja recordings, Merja has made the simplest of ...
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FR-72CD | FONAL

"Kemialliset Ystävät (roughly translated "Chemical Friends") are an expansive, amorphous entity, based largely in Finland, who are orchestrated and directed by one Jan Anderzén. Since Kemialliset's inception in 1995, Jan has collaborated with over 100 musicians ...
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FR-69CD | FONAL

"Fonal Recods is re-releasing this long sold out gem previously released on vinyl by Ultra Eczema. Tomutonttu ("dust gnome") is a human called Jan Anderzén, a visual artist and the leader of a respected avant-garde sound group Kemialliset Ystävät. Toy reed streams, ...
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FR-67CD | FONAL

"Fonal Recods is re-releasing this long sold out debut Tomutonttu originally released on LP by Beta Lactam Ring records. Tomutonttu ("dust gnome") is a human called Jan Anderzén, a visual artist and the leader of a respected avant-garde sound group Kemialliset ...
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FR-66CD | FONAL

KIILA - TUOTA TUOTA (LP)

"Tuota tuota is the third full-length album by Kiila. Its songs were born of peaceful, focused work and intense rehearsals with friends, interspersed with sleep and mealtimes. The album features an eight-strong core line-up but, as always, the composition of the group ...
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FR-65LP | FONAL

KIILA - TUOTA TUOTA (CD)

"Tuota tuota is the third full-length album by Kiila. Its songs were born of peaceful, focused work and intense rehearsals with friends, interspersed with sleep and mealtimes. The album features an eight-strong core line-up but, as always, the composition of the group ...
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FR-65CD | FONAL

"This is my fifth solo release as Es. Kesämaan lapset was recorded during a three year period. It is a mix of soundscapes and pop tunes. You can hear influences varying from contemporary indie to ancient classical music. It's a summer album and a childhood photo album. ...
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FR-64LP | FONAL