The product of the Finnish siblings Samu and Ville Kuukka, The Gentleman Losers have been making music together since their early teens, Samu and Ville revel in a sound that evokes tarnished grandeur — where decay and starry-eyed innocence rub shoulders with dusty strings and syrup-drenched instrumentation. After having released their self-titled critically acclaimed debut in 2006 on City Centre Offices’ indie-offshoot “Büro”, they return with their second full-length.
If the band’s debut was like a sneak-peak into their universe, “Dustland” breathes the air of more than confident self- assurance. More refined and more detailed, the new album sounds like a ballroom orchestra recorded inside a snow globe. Big songs compressed through the bottleneck of lo-fi genius. Meanwhile, the ballerina still dances. A seamless, deep journey into an unknown yet familiar world, packed with references still to become reality.
From the opening track “Honey Bunch”, which dances around a little guitar motif, backed up by horizon full of slide-airyness, to the tape-hiss driven “Silver Water Ripples”. From “Lullaby Of Dustland”, which is exactly that, to the dark drones of “Wind In Black Trees”, or the 60s movie soundtrack-flavored harpsichord of “Farandole”, with “Dustland” The Gentleman Losers deliver a fascinating, hypnotic second album.
“The word cinematic is often used to describe our music. I suppose it’s fitting, but it’s a film genre that doesn’t quite exist. It should, though!”, muses Ville when asked about their sound. “It’s about memories of things to come – faded souvenirs from a twilight place that no one has been to”, adds Samu. “That place is called Dustland.”
This is still true, more than ever.
Release Date: 20 June 2009
Label: City Centre Offices
Cat#: Towerblock 043
Format: CD and LP