Lauri-Dag Tüür is a composer from Estonia, a country whom I have a deep love for and who have given presented two equally fine composers whom I admire (Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür).
Lauri-Dag’s work compares favorably to these legends, as Polar Night Jet reminds me of works by a more freeform Popol Vuh, Paul Schütze or Steve Roach, yet with an aura of a field recording about it. The percussion work is very engaging, so ambient it isn’t – it hooked me about 5 minutes into the release.
According to the composer, the three pieces should be perceived as one symphony. I concur. Everything flows together naturally. One of the best albums I’ve heard in a while.
If My Bloody Valentine left a love child in the Baltic states, that child would grow up to be Estonia’s coolest indie band, Imandra Lake.
For my taste, at least in this song, Imandra Lake sound like a post-rock band getting produced by Phil Spector’s tidal wave of sound. A really impressive new band from Estonia who deserve a large audience.
After a rather brutal week health-wise, I figured it was time to listen to something which would be both lengthy and calm enough to let me wind down a bit. Hearing England’s The Hilliard Ensemble perform this sumptuous work by Arvo Pärt suffices nicely.
Tõnu Naissoo is one of the best musicians in both Estonia and was among the leading lights the whole of the former Soviet Union’s exceptional jazz scene.
Suitable for Valentine’s Day, here’s a tune from Naples, Italy, sung by the Estonian vocalist, Georg Ots.