Mänty EP

by Artificial Latvamäki

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  • “Mänty” was definitely the song which made me send the demos out, I just knew that it was better than anything I had previously done. The idea for the song came quite clearly into my head when I was out riding my bike on a hot summer day. While watching the big pine trees I saw how the drought had made the grass all yellow under the trees. No rain would get to the ground, as the big trees would catch and drink the little water coming down. I remember telling my girlfriend, “Don’t you think it would be nice to be able to write a song about that yellow color and how it changes to green, just like you do when you are painting with oil colours? I wanted to tell a story of this huge pine tree that would need to take all the water and cause the plants underneath it to dry.” With this thought in mind I started writing the song. I took a quite riff-oriented approach to the song — wanting to do it in a way that the main synths would sound and behave a bit like guitars, then layer a psychedelic melody that would “cycle” with the main riff because of a weird time signature, on top of that. Maybe putting it in more metaphorical way: kind of like the riffs would be the tall trunk of the tree and on top of that there would be this huge green canopy with no simple structure or pattern. The vision for all this was so strong that the song was finished quickly. I remember watching out from the window, thinking “this is it!”, something that I had been looking for, I had found my style. -- From Little White Earbuds Interview ... more

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Originally released on Trapez as trapezltd034

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released July 9, 2005

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Aki Latvamäki Oulu, Finland

I believe in accidents, I believe in sounds coming from outside, from an open window. I trust my bedroom's reverb, and I trust my broken guitar. All the best sounds come from my own recordings, from moments when I decide to insert kitchen utensils between the strings of an instrument and play notes that just do not exist. ... more

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