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Markus Holkko

Eye of the Universe (LP)

Label: Jazzaggression Records

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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Eye of the Universe" is the latest offering from Finnish sax player and composer Markus Holkko. Grounded in his musical heritage, the album explores a range of influences, from straight to Latin and spiritual jazz, with subtle hints of west coast cool and psychedelia.

Recorded at Studio Pelto in Finland, "Eye of the Universe" is the latest offering from Finnish sax player and composer Markus Holkko. Grounded in his musical heritage, the album explores a range of influences, from straight to Latin and spiritual jazz, with subtle hints of west coast cool and psychedelic. Featuring a cadre of collaborators, including Juuso Rinta on double bass, Samuli Rautianen on electric piano, and Teemu Mustonen on drums and percussion, the album captures a blend of organic instrumentation with nuanced textures. Later contributions from Teemu Åkerblom add depth with electric guitar effects and sitar, complemented by Holkko's own producer touches, including analog synthesizers.

Holkko's creative process for the album was shaped by his desire to return to his roots while embracing experimentation. In an interview, Holkko reflected on his intention to create a predominantly acoustic album, stating, "I wanted to make a record in a way that has this acoustic bottom and kind of very organic playing with real musicians, jazz kind of feel. But then I wanted to add some layers and layers and layers." This juxtaposition of organic instrumentation with layered textures and colours serves as a defining characteristic of the album's sound. While primarily instrumental, "Eye of the Universe" also features Holkko's wordless vocals, adding subtle harmonies to selected tracks.

Scheduled for release on May 25th, 2024, "Eye of the Universe" offers listeners a thoughtful exploration of Holkko's musical journey, blending tradition with innovation in a cohesive and authentic manner. The LP comes in paste-on sleeves cut by Timmion rec and features 8 song,  while the vocal single ìFunky Rankingî and ìShe Goes Without Sayingî can be purchased separately as a limited lathe run.

Details
Cat. number: JALP744 LP
Year: 2024
Notes:

Recorded at The Nave, Leeds
Engineered and mixed by Tom Orell
Mastered by Tim Thomas
Artwork by Matthew Stedman
Graphic design by Hugh Vincent