Liima with two i’s. Album title is two i’s. Not sure what this means, but these ten songs are very interesting. The four-piece European band can blend electronica flavour to rock feelings (Your Heart). Liima take their time to put in place a mood before Casper Clausen starts to sing. On Amerika, you would almost think the song is going to be instrumental before a few words come out. This 6-minute-long song could have continued for a while, as the airy mood Liima had set was bringing us in another world, but the band chose to fade it out.

Here are a few songs from the Liima project, a couple of interviews with the artists, and music from each of them apart.

 

Liima is the project of Tatu Rönkkö teaming up with Danish band Efterklang (singer Clausen, keyboardist Mads Brauer, and bassist Rasmus Stolberg). On top of playing all over Europe, these 3 guys are co-founders of the radio station The Lake and recently they have also started this new band together with Finnish percussionist Rönkkö, as they are on hiatus since 2014.

Sonically, Clausen’s voice sounds like a blend of Bono’s and Matt Berninger (The National) with an elegant European accent. He can stay in the low, go up high and is not afraid of using effects to bring a wide variety of sounds, always trying to bring the song on another level. The quartet has great success at setting up moods that bring the brain in a mood that makes the body move but the head let go, especially on the song titled Roger Waters (which doesn’t sound anything like Pink Floyd).

Liima will play at The Ritz PDB on September 29, 2016. Tickets here.

liima ii

LIIMA
ii
(4AD, 2016)

-Genre: electronica rock
-In the same style as OK Go, Suuns, Underworld

Buy the album on the band’s Google Play page
Follow the band via their Facebook page
Listen to videos on the label’s YouTube channel

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.