Pelkkää pihkaa / Only Sap
It’s been a while since updating this blog. There have been intense issues and a struggle to overcome almost unbearably painful tragedies in my personal life. These kinds of things affect the creative process, of course. However in this case, after making it through the darkest night of the soul, I would call the effect extremely beneficial. At least it has changed the way I approach Nielu.
All the time I’ve wished to create something pure, something true and honest, depicting the inner life of mine as accurately as possible. To certain extents I feel I’ve succeeded. But now I see I’ve also unconsciously created a huge amount of blockage in creative channels, brewing stagnant juices - resulting in not only pure self-reflection but also comparing my work to others. I’ve let outside influences carve some of the routes I would take in the process of creating this album. And that is something I do not intend to foster.
So I’ve let go of all goals and/or aims artistically. I will allow anything and everything pure, self-reflective and intuitively resonating to take form - but only that. This means more time, more experiments and possibly less approachable results. But it will be something of Power and Purity. Something that, at least in my life, will stand the test of time and serve as a honorable testament.
Pelkkää pihkaa is the first composition resulting from my new approach. The elements of Nielu are all there - the old woman’s detuned piano, field recordings of rain and sounds of scratching moss and stone. There is violin played by my good friend Valo, and some recorded harmonium. Of course I’ve added some sound design as well, ie. picking deep frequencies from some blows on the piano and creating the droney background after the first drop. The high pitched psychedelic swirling is the result of routing the piano through some fx pedals and some post-production in Ableton.
As to most of the tracks, I will add vocals and possibly some deep organic beat work, but these versions will only be available on the album - something to look forward to! I hope you can relate with this new approach, and I’m deeply grateful for all the wonderful comments, sharing and support throughout the process.
Stay tuned, and stay creative!