What was first just a sideproduct of one musician's interest in electronic music has now evolved into a conscious being.
More than 20 years in music and previously known from genre defying post-punk and post-metal groups, the Helsinki-based singer, keyboardist and percussionist Jussi Saarelma (N, Crib45) formed Haraamo on the first day of 2015 to have a name under which to make music free from expectations, restrictions and target audiences.
There's been sad versions of pop-songs (most notably a well-recieved depressed take on John Lennon's Imagine), Haraamo's first official single "Muista seurata tulta" combining Terminator and Carpenter -esque synths with half-rapped, half-screamed vocals in Finnish and now Stages EP, a 37-minute ambient album heavy on soundscapes and soundtrack-like imagery.
What Haraamo will do in the future remains to be seen, but it is very likely to involve electronic songs sung in Finnish, more Stages and a lot of contemplation on how to bring the music in front of live audiences.
ABOUT STAGES EP
Combining analog synths with field recordings, granural synthesis, deep spaces and piano, Stages EP presents four (plus a bonus track) out of ten planned Stages of Haraamo's journey into the ambient soundtrack realm. Though ambient and experimental at heart, the songs have a strong, always progressing structure and take a lot of inspiration from even classic non-ambient film scores. Somebody give this music a film!