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About Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Combining synth pop, folk, funk, and psych-rock into trippy experimental pop, multi-instrumentalist Jaako Eino Kalevi grew up in Jyväskylä, a city in central Finland. He began making music as a boy after discovering Dream Theater's prog-metal and hip-hop, teaching himself how to play guitar and use beat-making software before exploring reggae, disco, techno, and more. Kalevi issued a string of releases reflecting his omnivorous musical taste, including 2010's coldwave-inspired album Modern Life and 2013's hazy, fittingly named Dreamzone EP. The following year, he released the disco homage Yin Yang Theatre, an EP on DJ Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space label. His 2015 self-titled album arrived via the Domino imprint Weird World. Over the next two years, Jaakko Eino Kalevi played solo live dates across Europe as well as being asked to play on David Byrne's 2018 album, American Utopia. He also stepped in to play with Belgian new wave outfit Aksak Maboul. 2017 saw him return to the studio to start work on his next album, while also putting the finishing touches on his more synth-focused act Man Duo's debut Orbit. Kalevi's second album for Domino offshoot Weird World appeared the following year. Recorded in Helsinki and Berlin and featuring Kalevi playing all the instruments, Out of Touch saw him broadening the sound of his already eclectic, '80s-influenced pop. ~ Heather Phares

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