Finnish duo Shine 2009 are pleased to announce the release of their sophomore album, Our Nation, outOctober 15th on Cascine (US)/Modular (ROW). Pre-order the vinyl here. The band have also released new track 'Older,' which follows their first single, 'Eurozone,' which Pitchfork described as "a gentle collage of orchestrations, samples, and atmosphere," and BlackBook said was "sinous and sexual, with an almost-dub undercurrent." Montreal producer CFCF also did a remix of the track, which Gorilla vs Bear called "a highly effective early summer soundtrack."
Helsinki natives Sami Suova and Mikko Pykäri met in 2004, both noticed immediately their similar tastes in art and music, but it wasn't until much later that their collaboration took a definite form. "We had talked about doing something together for quite a long time, and the spring of 2009 was the moment when we finally decided to give it a try. It was very natural and easy in the beginning - maybe because we had talked about music so much that we knew we shared the same aesthetics. It's very easy to focus on the right aspects of making the music when you don't have to argue about the basics." In choosing the name 'Shine 2009', both Suova and Pykäri wanted to highlight their vision of the moniker being interactive and ever-shifting in its references. "It's an experiment that goes on forever. It started as referring to being current, but it already sounds a bit outdated. The more time passes, the more we feel we did the right thing by adding '2009' to 'Shine'."
With respectful nods to downtempo, soul and golden-era hip hop, their 2010 debut EP, Associates,showcased an undeniable ease and effortless confidence in both sound and feel. 2011 saw Shine 2009 release their inaugural full-length, Realism, a sumptuous and dazzling debut including a cameo from none other than Paula Abdul, strengthening the link between the way-back-then and the right-here-right-now ethos that is at the heart of Suova and Pykari's aesthetic.
Our Nation Tracklisting
3. No Thanks
4. Good Times
5. Love, Love, Love
6. Running Around
7. Suomen Sydan
8. Me & U
9. Our Nation
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