NEWS press

02 September 2014

New Estonian releases: Blood Pavilion ‘Horriru’, Pastacas & Tenniscoats ‘Yaki-Läki Versions’

BLood Pavilion - Horriru

Blood Pavilion
, a techno moniker for Jarmo Nuutre (Skull Trading, ex-Talbot), released  a new digital EP ‘Horriru’ this week on Bandcamp, Deezer and Spotify. Expect hypnotic mixture of dark-hop and drum’n’bass, extra hard-hitting kicks’n’bleeps and a sort of flatpack noosewave that sounds like Satan trudging through the snow.

"Horriru" at Bandcamp

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Pastacas & Tenniscoats - Yaki-Läki Versions

Estonian lo-fi geek punk Pastacas and Japanese twee-pop duo Tenniscoats have some fresh plate for you - LP ‘Yaki-Läki Versions’, a remix compilation of the original joint album ‘Yaki-Läki’ (Õunaviks 2013). ‘Yaki-Läki Versions’ is released on 15th of August in Estonia (Õunaviks, 12”) and October 2014 in Japan (Afterhours, CD).

‘Yaki-Läki Versions’ is a vinyl debut for Õunaviks label, featuring remixes by Daisuke Namiki, British-Japanese duo Fleckfumie and Estonian shoegaze band Imandra Lake.

Listen to Yaki Udon (Fleckfumie remix)


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Summing up Tartu Music Week 2014

Carnival Youth at Tartu Music Week. Photo: Berta Vosman

Tallinn Music Week’s sister festival Tartu Music Week took place at the Tartu New Theatre and in an anti-jamboree city oasis New Courtyard on August 22-23.

For the third year in a row, the festival visitors could enjoy cosy outside performances as well as eventful club nights packed with quality acts from Estonia and countries nearby. Valuable tips on tour management, pan-Baltic career opportunities and polishing the songwriting skills were shared between music industry insiders and go-getters during the music seminar and special mentoring sessions.  Additional festivities included Biit Me pop-up record shop, music quiz for wiseacres and ping-pong tournament. 

Festival’s guest acts were internationally acclaimed Kongolesian-Finnish hip-hop group Gracias, Lithuanian postrockers Without Letters and Latvia’s bright young upstarts Carnival Youth.

Estonian acts were represented by internationally acclaimed underground dance music kings Ajukaja & Andrevski, cinematic bass duo Faun Facket, daring artpoppers Badass Yuki, hiphop philosophers DVPH and Tartu’s very own ambassodor of new electronic music, Sander Reinus. DJ sets were divided by residents of popular club-series Tallinn Jäck City and eclectic house aficionados Parmani People.

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Metsatöll to tour North America this autumn

Estonian folk metal band Metsatöll will return to North America this fall in support of their album „Karjajuht“. Metsatöll and Faroese metal band TYR will accompany German new wave folk metal heavyweights Eluveitie on the tour that is set to kick off on September 9th in Baltimore, MD and wrap up in New York, NY on October 22nd at the famed Irving Plaza. 

Having formed in 1999, Metsatöll have given more than 490 performances and have sold more than 100 000 records. Throughout their career the band have honed their uniquely Estonian “otherness” into an unmistakable mosaic of sounds, a tradition they are constantly expanding and improving.  

Metsatöll's album “Karjajuht” (“Pack Leader”, Spinefarm/Universal) which came out on March 7 2014 in Estonia, was welcomed beyond expectations – 5000 copies of the usual CD, limited CD and vinyl were sold within the first few months, making this the most successful Estonian album of Universal Music.

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Listen to ‘Külmking’ from ‘Karjajuht‘ album

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Argo Vals back from successful Russian tour

An acclaimed Estonian guitarist and composer Argo Vals has just finished his first Russian tour which took him through seven cities and nine different venues, beginning from St. Petersburg and ending in Moscow.

Argo Vals, whose live-electronic sets include elements of progressive rock, minimalism, ambient, rock, jazz and even metal, finds it important for neighbouring countries to be aware of each others culture. ‘Instrumental music is an universal language’, he adds in an interview to St. Petersburg Times. 

Vals is is known for refined usage of guitar effects and looped riffs in style of Robert Fripp. He has participated in numerous projects, writing music for TV shows and documenaries. His debut album ‘Tsihcier’ was released in 2012 and was nominated as Alternative/Indie album of the year in Estonian Music Awards 2013. In recent times Argo’s main focus has shifted from atmospheric solo work to expressing complex and groovy musical ideas with his group Argo Vals Band. Two singles "24/Oxymoron", manifesting the new approach, were released in February 2014. This summer Argo Vals performed at Positivus festival, the largest music festival of Baltics region at the stage hosted by Tallinn Music Week.

Argo Vals Russain tour schedule:

15 aug Fish Fabrique - Peterburg

16 aug Powerhouse Gorky Park - Moskva

17 aug ArteFaq - Moskva

20 aug Gallery of Progress - Kirov

21 aug The Secret Bar - Perm

22 aug New Bar - Jekaterinburg

23 aug Tšeljabinsk

24 aug Kurgan

26 aug 16 Tons - Moskva


Read Argo’s interview to St. Petersburg Times

Read Argo’s interview to Moscow Times 

Watch Argo performing at the Gallery of Progress, Kirov

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International star producer Syn Cole gives a hometown performance this Friday


This Friday, 8th of August one of the hottest international EDM stars Syn Cole is paying a long-awaited visit to his hometown Pärnu in Estonia, pouring his brilliantly sequenced rhythmic drops all over summer capital’s nightclub Sugar, radio Sky Plus airwaves and EMT Live app transmission. Don’t miss his performance at Hirmo Faktor Live!
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From Estonia to the heart of modern dance music, DJ and producer Syn Cole aka Rene Pais has made global dance floor domination look easy. Celebrated by Myspace, Vibe, Dancing Astronaut and EDM Tunes alike as one of the hottest artists of 2014, this has been a year for the taking for the man behind a string of versatile club hits.

A formally trained pianist introduced to electronic music`s more euphoricranks, young Rene found creative harmony in his mission to unite multiple genres – fusing electro, funky and progressive sounds – and stand for more than just obnoxious drops. He was tipped to reach the higher degrees of EDM stardom in 2013 when his debut single April skyrocketed to Beatport top 10. Second release Miami 82 featuring an edit from Swedish superstar Avicii himself, made big waves at the final leap of 2013. Kick-off remix duties, including ab official remix of Avicii’s Hey Brother, premiered by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, secured Syn Cole a place in EDM kingdom establishing him as a new age leader of the electronic dance community.

This June saw Syn Cole releasing an impressively groovy single Bright Lights, a beautiful airy piece with bright and victorious feel.

Having performed all over the world from Ushuaia Ibiza and Europe`s hottest nightspots to clubbing havens in Tokyo and taking the main stage at mammoth UK dance festival Creamfields, 2014 has taken him to the world’s premier electronic music festivals Tomorrowland in Belgium, Ultra Music Festival in Miami and EDC in Las Vegas.

Syn Cole is paying a long awaited visit to his hometown Pärnu in Estonia this Friday, 8th of August. Don’t miss out on Hirmo Faktor in nightclub Sugar - either in flesh, via radio transmission on Sky Plus or with a little help of EMT Live app

HIRMO FAKTOR LIVE presents SYN COLE | DJ'd Kristjan Hirmo & Kert Klaus


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Maarja Nuut selected to WOMEX 2014 programme

Photo by Maarja Urb 

A young and gifted fiddle p
layer/singer Maarja Nuut is the first ever Estonian artist to be selected to perform at the official WOMEX programme. Taking place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain 22-26 October, WOMEX is the most important international professional market of world music of every kind, bringing together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, WOMEX presents 32 musical acts on this year’s programme, including renowned Ed Motta from Brazil, Ethiocolor from Ethiopia, Orkestra Mendoza from United States. Acts from our neighbour countries include Ilkka Heinonen Trio from Finland and Otava Yo from Russia.

As a result of years of dedication, Maarja Nuut is now in the carefully elected circle. The work of the young and gifted fiddle player/singer is inspired by traditional dance tunes and songs that tell stories of the past. Her unique playing style and characteristic sound is greatly influenced by village musicians and dance traditions, while occasionally using loops to create a sound both archaic and modern. Maarja’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Soolo’ was released in spring 2013.

According to Ben Mandelson, from the WOMEX team Maarja's passionate calm and solo folk-looping skills so charmed them at Tallinn Music Week last spring.

Mandelson adds: "Her presence reflects the growing international interest in artists from the whole Baltic area which is due, in large part, to events such as Tallinn Music Week and Viljandi Folk Festival which highlight the musical talent of the region. We are looking forward to welcoming the first Estonian act to WOMEX!"

Maarja Nuut will be accompanied by Estonian Traditional Music Center delegation and several folk musicians to introduce the center’s work as well as Estonian music at the Womex trade fair.

Womex is taking place 22-26th of October in Santiago de Compostelas, Spain.

Listen to Maarja Nuut’s ‘Soolo’

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