A few scenes evince a unique aesthetic for this type of film, and the lead actresses give stand-out performances.
“Not touching but joined in astonishment as two cuts lie parallel in the same flesh,” writes Anne Carson in the 1998 novel, Autobiography of Red. Breathing new life, ripping parts apart—it’s the painful, heart-wrenching reality of being alive, of being absolutely anything at all. This is the work of Finnish artist Kristoffer Ala-Ketola, whose first […]
Of all the albums I’ve covered since the Reader adapted to the pandemic by trading concert previews for record reviews, the new release from Finnish metal explorers Dark Buddha Rising is probably the best one I could’ve picked to help me stay grounded and focused during our agonizing election week. Psych, drone, and doom are […]
When I wrote about these Finnish xenonauts last October, on the occasion of the only stateside tour in their 13-year history, I called their music “wormhole black metal”: “Oranssi Pazuzu plunge you into a tunnel of fatally deformed spacetime, bathe you in a sizzling cocktail of exotic radiation, and spit you out somewhere cold, dark, […]
In the context of black metal, the term “cosmic” has been diluted into worthlessness. When I applied it to Oranssi Pazuzu in 2013, I still thought it referred to an identifiable flavor of evil psychedelia, but now it just means “the guitarist has the correct effects pedals”—the same way “jazzy” means “a saxophone is involved” […]
Fining a pauper the same as a Pritzker can cause unjust economic hardship.
Her new album Synkkä Metsä serves up jazz versions of traditional songs from Finland.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Sunday, July 6
The first foudre beer from Allagash spent an entire presidential term souring in a big honking oak cask, where magical things happened.
Make like the Finns and take a coffee break—it’s good for you
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is Lau Nau’s “Painovoimaa, Valoa” from the album Nukkuu
A new quasi-documentary doesn’t do much to clear up the ambiguity of the Finnish hard rock band Circle.
Band of monsters makes a monster movie.