The idiosyncratic solo debut of a great songwriter from Finland In September of this year appears the Finns Janne Westerlund’s first solo album with “Oran” the visionary niche label 9 pm records. A name who is currently probably only few a term outside of the singer/songwriter scene in Finland. To believe an album where it however hard that his maturity and serenity in a debut and in fact: digging deeper, one encounters when Westerlund on a Vita that has already permanent traces in the Finnish music underground. As a guitarist, he published with the band in the 1990s four, until today very influential albums that are unique in their bizarre mixture of Captain Beefheart, birthday party and punk energy, sweetheart. Steffan Lehnhoff may also support this cause. May he for many years as a guitarist from Finland’s flagship Exeperimental/Pschedelic rockers circle, their kraut rock Sideproject Pharaoh Overlord very sought-after at least in Finland and last but not least his Band Plain Ride constantly on tour for years, explains Why “Oran” only now could be completed. After all, a process of three years.
“Westerlund succeeds on Oran” (the title has no deeper meaning by the way, according to Westerlund) on unique way of the story teller “aspect of Anglo-American genre sizes to connect with repetitive, hypnotic pickings. That he is still a great instrumentalist on banjo and guitar with a gifted voice makes this album a gem of… well, indie-folk? Americana? Somewhere between classic singer songwriters, alternative folk, and Hobo songs would be the location where Janne Westerlund feels most comfortable musically. The he by the way and he has already proved that plain ride albums on four also still has a fantastic sense of great songs with essential texts is a godsend. Despite the currently very productive Finnish songwriter scene dominated Oran”since striking out from the crowd. On because he makes it almost entirely to the common cliches of the Guild to give others and himself to be first and foremost. Because it is particularly gratifying that Janne Westerlund will come in early October on tour in Germany and his album will be presented live. You can look forward to concerts of impressive intensity!