In this age of constant connectivity, switching off has become one of the great luxuries of modern life, and it’s one of the reasons Jaakko Eino Kalevi has called his new album ‘Out of Touch’. He explores what he calls this “essential, blissed out” state on his second album for Domino – his first since 2015’s self-titled release – as he meditates, in classic Jaakko fashion, on the merry-go-round of the daily grind. Drawing inspiration from time spent in Athens, on ‘Out of Touch’ the Finnish songwriter broadens his horizons while focusing on his inner self.
Written and produced by Jaakko in 2017 in studios in Helsinki and Berlin, where he’s lived for four years, these ten new songs are among the richest he has composed. Ranging in style from the soft swagger of ‘China Eddie’ and Motown psych of ‘This World’ to the Aegean dub of ‘Conceptual Mediterranean Part 1’ and irresistible pop of ‘People in the Centre of the City’, each song is characterised by that familiar JEK warmth and melodic flair.
Jaakko plays every instrument on ‘Out of Touch’, including, this time, guitar and saxophone, which combine tenderly on closing number ‘Lullaby’. Kari Jahnsen, of Farao, sings on three songs and Jorja Renn adds saxophone to ‘People in the Centre of the City’. The album was mixed using parallel compression by Jaakko and Sami Toroi, who together released an album last year as Man Duo, titled ‘Orbit’, and mastered by JP Chalbos at Source, Paris.