Jaakko Eino Kalevi, the Finnish psych-pop voyager, returns with a new mini-album called Dissolution, set for release on November 22nd via Weird World. Never one to repeat himself, these seven songs form a sparkling new constellation in the Kalevi universe as he draws deep for a set that explores the cosmic implications of a life being well lived.
Today, Jaakko is pleased to share the title track, “Dissolution”. On the song, Jaakko teams up with the Berlin-based Taiwanese singer Yu-Ching Huang; as he sings in his native tongue, she responds: “I won’t make contact / I enter the limit state”.
About the video, Kevin Luna, the director, says: “The concept was pretty minimal to start: A man cannot stop dancing in the city of Las Vegas. The details fell into place from there. There’s a dream logic to the flow of this video and I think Vegas is pretty dreamy if you manage to take a few steps back from the spectacle. I wanted to show how the desert, the suburbs and the strip all combine to form this place that feels like a pinnacle of some kind of collective hallucination. A dream that we’ve forced into reality, from which we can’t wake up from anymore.”
If last year’s Out of Touch album found Jaakko Eino Kalevi in a reflective mood, on Dissolution he’s curious and engaged, hunting for meaning on a record that takes in heavy funk, chakra-aligning electro and rococo space balladry. “Just as a drop of ink dissolves in a glass of water, it is said that life on Earth began in this way,” says Jaakko, who wrote and produced the songs in Berlin and Helsinki. “It’s impossible to become that drop again. Life on Earth is a mystery – it’s a story of dissolution.”
Dissolution also has another meaning, and certainly these are some of Jaakko’s freakiest cuts to date, including two other tracks where Yu-Ching appears as guest vocalist.
1. Out Of Touch
3. I Am Looking Forward
5. The Source of the Absolute Knowledge
6. The Search
7. Conceptual Mediterranean (Part 2)