From the playful, pop up CD packaging, that squeezes the CD out in an invitation to play, to the variety of styles Markku Lepisto and Pekka Lehti exert from their accordions and bass respectively, this CD is a delight to explore, conjuring a range of images. Skrubu sets us off on a cat and mouse tango; Kaksi is like a sci-fi police car chase with spine-tingling accordion over extraordinary rhythms and radio static.
In contrast, Artsi is a bass lament for a lost friend, invested in emotion, while Vasulaisten Juhlamarssi is a traditional march. My favourite is Lokakuu, written about autumn, but which conjures for me, that vacuous feeling of alienation when walking along a street feeling detached from everyone around you.
These are remarkable musicians, able to produce vivid images from the sole combination of their instruments. Snadina walks us through a childhood forest with percussive effects, the accordion describing arboreal shapes, lightened by the whistling and one could be tucked up in a snowbound dacha listening to an atmospheric Radio Moskova. Superlative.