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Tapani Rinne & Juha Mäki-Patola: Open (HH144)

Release date: March 11th, 2022

Record label: Hush Hush Records

CD + Tape + Digital

 

Hush Hush Records is proud to present a bold new exploration within their cinematic, atmospheric, and genre-free sonic universe with Open, a collaborative album between veteran Finnish musicians Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola. An organic melding of each musician’s distinctive style that yields their own unique shared language, Open reveals a cohesive meditative thread through ambient, jazz, and neo-classical music, paving the way for a refreshingly cool and sophisticated Nordic sound.

 

Tapani and Juha were strangers prior to connecting online in February, yet they’ve both been active players within the Finnish music community for decades. Tapani’s illustrious career as a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer has been an evolving path of collaborative works, solo releases,and an array of commissioned work dating back to the mid-1980s. He was featured prominently on legendary Finnish jazz drummer/composer Edward Vesala’s critically acclaimed1987 album Lumi for ECM Records, and the following year he co-founded RinneRadio, a pioneering Finnish outfit that forged a thrilling experimental intersection between jazz and techno. An integral and prolific member of the Finnish music scene since these formative beginnings, Tapani has played with numerous bands and released a handful of ambient-leaning solo albums too, most recently unveiling the dreamy and ominous Foghornia in 2020. Regardless of the project, Tapani’s trusty melodic reed work has long been characterized by an evocative range, intuitive pulse, and collaborative spirit. It is this consistent communal curiosity that opened the doors for this album, as he was happy to join forces with emerging solo composer Juha Mäki-Patola upon a simple invitation via Instagram to work together on new material.

 

Although his discography may not run as deep as Tapani’s, Juha has been active in the Finnish music community for over a decade. Originally serving as a member of several bands and working as a producer, musician, and engineer for both local and international artists from various genres, Juha took this multifaceted experience to steer the vision for the type of music he desired to compose and produce under his own name. Inspired by the great neo-classical composers of this era such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm, and Max Richter,as well as iconic artists such as Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Alva Noto, Juha began to create introspective and reflective instrumental pieces that sought a specific calmness. Receiving early support during this journey from Seattle-based KEXP DJ Alex Ruder, Juha made his solo debut in September 2020 with the full-length album Breath, released on Alex’s independent label Hush Hush Records. Juha quickly followed up Breath with the complimentary 3-track EP Waves in February 2021, also released on Hush Hush Records.

 

Open was written quickly during a 3-month creative burst in early 2021. Working remotely from their respective studios in Helsinki, the two artists eagerly traded ideas back-and-forth to find a warm, immersive, and transportive shared sonic vision. Tapani’s rich saxophone and clarinet melodies blend seamlessly into Juha’s complimentary synthesizer, piano, organ, and guitar compositions. Sometimes Tapani’s contributions joyfully dance around in the foreground, elsewhere they provide a deep, subtle, cavernous accompaniment to Juha’s lush arrangements. Opening track “Brevity” introduces their combined palette in welcoming fashion, Tapani’s dueling melodies interweaving gently within Juha’s twinkling minimal foundation before swelling alongside additional layers of piano. Lead single “Open Pt. 1” provides the album’s most upfront and immediate moment, Tapani’s exploratory saxophone melodies dominating the spotlight to glide atop a meditative piano motif. Penultimate track “Fall” serves as another early single off the album, its undulating pulse finding beauty in its restraint and spotlighting the duo’s atmospheric strengths. “Hover” eases the listener towards agracious finale, Tapani and Juha having a playful dialogue with rich organ chords laying the groundwork for Tapani’s whimsical saxophone.

 

Over its 10-song run through cerebral jazz, glacial ambient, and cinematic neo-classical styles, Open introduces a delightful new shade into both artist’s repertoires as well as Hush Hush’s amorphous catalog. Stylistically reminiscent of Floating Points and Pharaoh Sanders’ instant 2021 classic Promises, Open distinguishes itself with an expansive and contemplative aesthetic informed by Finland’s icy climate and long winters, as well as the atmospheric nature of the Nordic experimental jazz scene. Boasting a rich painterly sound that beautifully blends ambient, jazz, and neo-classical into their own unique expression, Tapani and Juha seamlessly fuse their talents to create a hypnotic debut collaborative record.

Written and produced by Juha Mäki-Patola and Tapani Rinne

Tapani Rinne - saxophones, clarinets
Juha Mäki-Patola - synthesizers, piano, organ, guitar

Mixed by Juha Mäki-Patola
Mastered by Taylor Deupree | 12k Mastering
Cover art and design by Ilkka Kärkkäinen


Hush Hush Records is proud to present the debut album 'Breath' by Helsinki, Finland-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Juha Mäki-Patola. A meditative and pacific instrumental album that revels in rich neo-classical arrangements and calming ambient soundscapes, Juha’s first solo steps into the forefront yields a sublime album that soothes and soars in equal measure.

'Breath' marks Juha’s first solo release, yet he’s been involved in the Finnish music community for over a decade, serving as a member of several bands and working behind-the-scenes as a producer, musician, and recording/mixing/mastering engineer for both local and international artists from various genres. All of this experience helped steer his vision towards the type of music he desired to compose and produce under his own name. Inspired by the great neo-classical composers of this era such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm, and Max Richter as well as pioneering artists such as Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and Arvo Pärt, Juha began to create introspective and reflective instrumental pieces that sought a specific calmness – compelling but unhurried. Beginning with a few early demos that were shared with Hush Hush in late January 2020, a full-length album became to take shape as Juha continued his creative outburst with steady precision, each new track adding a subtle new shade to his expanding palette. Now paired down to seven cohesive tracks, 'Breath' fully showcases Juha’s soothing sonic vision and introduces a budding new talent in the fertile contemporary neo-classical/ambient community.

This album is grounded in the basic practice of breathing and being a respectful and loving part of our interconnected natural world. These songs are intended to provide a soundtrack to viewing life in a slowed-down state, when small moments can transform into powerful experiences. And these sounds are designed for reflection upon one’s own inner feelings and the deep connection between mind and body. We hope you enjoy, 'Breath.'

All music composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Juha Mäki-Patola, winter 2019-2020 in Helsinki, Finland.

Cello played by Aleksi Kaufmann.

Mastered by Taylor Deupree.

Photography and artwork layout by Liina Mäki-Patola.

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Juha Mäki-Patola - Breath (HH129)
Release date: September 25th, 2020

Record label: Hush Hush Records

CD + Tape + Digital

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Juha Mäki-Patola - Waves (HH134)

Release date 19th February, 2021

Record label

Hush Hush Records

Digital

Hush Hush is honored to welcome back Helsinki, Finland-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Juha Mäki-Patola to help present 'Waves,' his second release that serves as a complimentary EP to his 2020 solo debut album 'Breath.' 

The three songs featured on 'Waves' were all created and recorded during the same sessions that yielded Juha’s sublime 7-track debut album. Juha’s ability to create meditative neo-classical pieces and calming ambient soundscapes continues to shine in this concise format, each piece capturing a unique tone and charming character. 

'Waves' also closes the chapter on Juha’s creative writing sessions from early 2020 that brought his captivating solo work into the forefront. His sophomore album is already in the works, likely to be released later this year, and it’s bound to showcase a new shade to his rich, illuminating, and blissful sonic palette. 

All music composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Juha Mäki-Patola, winter 2019-2020 in Helsinki, Finland.

Cello played by Aleksi Kaufmann.

Mastered by Taylor Deupree.

Photography and artwork layout by Liina Mäki-Patola.

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Make Shadows Together - Sumu

Release date 5th October, 2021

Tape + CD + Digital

Make Shadows Together is proud to present the debut album 'Sumu' that introduces their sonic visions and soundscapes that are based on floating and experimental violin and viola melodies created by Jussi Suonikko and solid synthesizer, organ and piano ground and layers created by Juha Mäki-Patola.

Make Shadows Together creates cinematic and minimalistic ambient music and calmly floating meditative soundscapes with a sombre twist.

Jussi and Juha started to make music together over a decade ago. Since then both have worked in several roles in Finnish music community as musicians, recording, mixing and mastering engineers, composers and sound designers.

Make Shadows Together took their name from a poem that legendary songwriter Mark Olson wrote when he heard the song "Leonids".

Concrete canal
Radio hi-fi sound
Picnic palace place
Burned out suitcase
Black umbrellas
Make shadows together

'Sumu' got its first steps in 2018 when Jussi sent an abstract violin melody to Juha and who then created a solid ground for the piece. The piece is "Deprivation" which gave inspiration to create more music. Slowly but with steady steps 'Sumu' started to see the daylight and at the end of memorable year 2020 all songs were in shape, and Make Shadows Together was ready to release their debut album 'Sumu'.


Jussi Suonikko - violin, viola.

Juha Mäki-Patola - piano, organ, synthesizers, guitar.

Composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by
Make Shadows Together

Cover art and design by Liina Mäki-Patola