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Japan-born Finnish composer and singer-songwriter Jukio Kallio's music leaps between intimate minimal pop, to life affirming piano compositions, and diverse world-building soundtracks. Widely recognized for his distinct sound in interactive media and indie videogames, Jukio weaves a melancholic yet hopeful aesthetic into his highly prolific personal work.
Jukio Kallio has been praised for his attention to intimate details and standout soundtracks by publications such as FACT Magazine and A Closer Listen. His personal song "Kuun Laulut", which was supposed to be a one-off pop experiment, instantly hit Finland's national radio waves. He has played energetic DJ sets with tracklists mostly consisting of his own music all around the world – from San Francisco, London and Kyoto to Berlin and Johannesburg.
The combination of far-reaching experience and an endless hunger for new musical horizons brings together his new solo album 'Kuabee Music'.
"My new album 'Kuabee Music' is kind of a long delayed heureka moment for me. These tracks are slowly building dreamy experiments, with mantra-like repeating ideas put into a danceable context.
'Kuabee Music' is an album about finding your place in the world and learning to stand proud behind what you create. It's about longing and about letting go. And most of all it's a love letter to all the people around us who enable the things we do. Friends, partners, parents, teachers... Nobody's a self-made person.
There are vocals ranging from repeated low phrases to distorted high cries, sang in Finnish, English and Japanese. A lot of the lyrics were improvised on the spot and they’ve only unfolded their meaning to me years after the recording.
I've been making these tracks one by one for a long time, only realizing they belong together and that I have the courage to release them into the world under my own name years later. And now I couldn't be more proud of this all. It feels like I'm finally releasing myself from self-made shackles of what music should and what it shouldn't be."