In Juankoski, the nights are either very, very long. Or very, very short. Right here in the middle of Finland’s vastness, surrounded by a thousand lakes and impenetrable woods, life has an altogether different rhythm. NEØV pick it up, add their heartbeat and carve pure music out of it. Music that bears the magic of Finnish nature and yet resonates with the pulse in the United States, in France, in Germany or in Australia. This unique melange makes NEØV one of the most exciting Indie Pop discoveries Finland has to offer – and their new record “Volant” a true game changer. For Finland, but also for NEØV.
“Two worlds got under our skin when growing up in Juankoski at the turn of this century”, vocalist and songwriter Anssi Neuvonen recalls. “I remember getting lost in the lake when the early morning fog rose, and I also remember growing up with MTV which brought fast-paced international phenomena into our lives. These extremes collide in our music nowadays.” Without a doubt. Their dreamlike Indie sound is floating two feet above ground; as fragile as a shiny bubble and as unfading as an intense dream. True magic, woven by two brothers Anssi and Samuli Neuvonen. “We’re feeling lucky, and we’re proud of each other”, Anssi says. Their modus operandi needs no words, flows effortlessly, intuitively – the key being they were never actually forced to play music. “That wouldn’t have worked! But growing up in our parent’s house which was full of records from Bowie to Progressive Rock to Pink Floyd as well as instruments, it all happened rather naturally.”
Discovering new worlds, that’s what this band is all about for the two brothers. And not only for them: Also Ari Autio, third part of the trio, is eternally aiming for new horizons. After quite some years as a quintet, “Volant” is their first step as a threesome. And a big step it will be. Diverse, layered, fascinating and brim-full with that very special bittersweet aura present in every piece of Eastern Finnish folklore: NEØV are indeed delivering a unique brand of Indie Pop. Precious arrangements, fragile guitar work, enticing loops and beats, echoing piano… a game changer, we said it before and we say it again.