Acclaimed Nordic indie folk duo Tuomo and Markus shared their latest single, “Love Coming Down”, available now via Schoolkids Records / Grandpop Records on all DSPs and streaming services.
Musically inspired by Steely Dan’s studio songcraft and thematically galvanized by the #metoo movement, “Love Coming Down” heralds the upcoming release of Tuomo & Markus’ long-awaited new album, game changingarriving everywhere on Friday October 14th. Pre-orders are available now.
LISTEN TO “LOVE COMING DOWN”
PRE-ORDER GAME CHANGE
Produced by Tuomo & Markus – aka Finnish soul/jazz singer/pianist Tuomo Prättälä and singer-songwriter Markus Nordenstreng (of Helsinki-based roots rock band The Latebirds) – in their native Finland and studios across USA, Game Changing also includes new songs like “Wishful Information”, “Highest Mountain” and “We’re Not Buy It”, all available now on all DSPs and streaming services. The last two tracks are joined by official performance videos streaming now on YouTube.
All three tracks were met with immediate critical applause, with EARMILK’s songwriting, “Building dynamically as graceful string arrangements swell below, ‘Highest Mountain’ showcases the band’s poignant songwriting and penchant for for creating engaging and dreamlike soundscapes.” Meanwhile, Blackbook named “Wishful Information” as one of “three new tracks you need to listen to”, praising the song’s “sharp observations about this disturbing new era of algorithmic mind control”. “With some funky chops from guitar legend Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Plant/Krauss, Black Keys), ‘We’re Not Buying It’ sees Tuomo & Markus return to the smooth, refreshing sounds of the late ’60s for their new offering,” wrote The Hype Magazine. “While their previous endeavors focused on their folk-inspired core, their latest gem sees them break away from their traditional conventions in pursuit of something woozier and edgier. of groove that we’ve never heard from them before.”
WATCH “WE DON’T BUY IT” (E-STUDIO SESSIONS)
WATCH “THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (LIVE ON E-STUDIO)”
LISTEN TO “WILLING INFORMATION”
Game Changing also includes the panoramic and paranoid “Predator,” co-produced by Tuomo & Markus with multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen) and available everywhere now to stream and download.
LISTEN TO “PREDATOR”
Tuomo & Markus – who lit up Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival earlier this year with an exhilarating live performance – will celebrate Game Changing with an extensive international touring schedule. North American dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit tuomomarkus.com.
Tuomo Prättälä and Markus Nordenstreng first met in 2007 and soon began collaborating as a duo, inspired by a shared passion for vocal harmony and a wide range of American music spanning roots rock, folk, jazz , soul and psychedelia. Over the next half-decade, they periodically wrote and performed together en route to recording sessions in Tucson, AZ’s WaveLab recording studio, supported by friends and big-name fans such as Joey Burns. , John Convertino and Jacob Valenzuela of Calexico, Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks.
The resulting double LP, 2016 dead circles, received worldwide acclaim, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke hailed it as “a wonderful debut album – steeped in the band’s pioneering stories, the painted desert psychedelia of America’s Grateful Dead beauty era and expansive modernists from Wilco and the Tucson band Calexico.”Dead Circles is a rich tapestry of acoustic orchestration,” said the influential KEXP from Seattle, WA, “often subdued but never edgy or insignificant. Over the delightful melodies, the duo’s harmonies drift lightly, easily recalling CSNY and Simon & Garfunkel with reverence.
After mastering the studio, Tuomo & Markus blossomed into a stellar six-piece live band, including Finnish jazz trumpet sensation Verneri Pohjola, pedal steel guitarist Miikka “McGyver” Paatelainen, bassist Jeremias Ijäs and drummer- trombonist Juho Viljanen – all of whom feature on game-changing. The band’s live shows have proven hugely ambitious, demonstrating an expansive sonic approach that has seen them share stages with Neil Young, Wilco, Jonathan Wilson and The Jayhawks as well as a memorable 2017 performance in Austin, TX’s SXSW and KEXP live session highlighted by widescreen coverage of The Grateful Dead’s “Jack Straw” (streaming HERE).
Now, with the long-awaited Game Changing, Tuomo and Markus have built on their past triumphs and created something even more extraordinary, an urgent and electric collection of inventive improvisation and emotionally direct songs that simultaneously evoke the north. Finnish and the American West. From the morning call of the album’s opening title track to the long and winding roads of “Aliens With Extraordinary Talents” and “Hearing Voices”, the new album affirms Tuomo & Markus as unique visionary musicians whose roots and the energies are long, wide and deep, across genre, time and geography.
“The only thing you can count on/Is that things are about to change”, Prättälä and Nordenstreng sing together in “Love Coming Down” – a promise made again and again on this album”, writes Fricke in the exclusive album notes.”Six years of waiting and completed amid fear and uncertainty many of us have never experienced before, Game Changing is a second album about new beginnings , by a band with a future still being written. Here’s the story so far.