Verde is a band lead by Finnish underground music veteran and DIY electronics king Mika Rintala. He was part of Circle's arguably finest line-up and founding member of their spin-off project Ektroverde.
As said, Mika is the master of DIY electronic instruments. He buildshis own synthesizers (most legendary being bookshelf-sized Ruma [The Ugly]), speakers, microphones, amplifiers - basically any equipment that can be used in creating or recording sound. Some of the finest recording studios in Finland (including Finnish National Broadcast company) use some equipment built or customized by him.
Kärmes (Serpent) is Verde's third proper CD release (in addition to dozen or so obscure CD-R releases). Once again, it's an eclectic mix of styles and influences yet instantly recognizable and original Verde. Mika's psychedelic yet earthy synths are accompanied by a variety of percussion, acoustic and electric string instruments and a bit of wind instruments by a bunch of talented amateur and professional musicians Mika likes to collaborate with. Also, for the first time, this CD features a proper male choir, although used in most unorthodox way.
Despite and honed and professional touch, do not expect dry academic experimental sound art. This music is playful and entertaining (although as far from your standard radio pop hits as possible)! Musicians are having fun and enjoy breaking the boundaries. Still, Kärmes has its dark and serious sides. Epic title track and post-apocalyptic blues of Digitaalinen ydinjäte (Digital Nuclear Waste) are stark commentary of modern world and its insane consumerist culture of negligence and idiocy. Mika's major interests along music are long-distance running, orienteering and nature photography, so mindless destruction of environment is a constant source of frustration and anger to him. Verde is green music. Music by real humans for real humans.
If you're into Faust and krautrock in general, Bitches Brew -era Miles Davis, early Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream, Nurse With Wound and such, you can't go wrong with Verde and especially Kärmes.
Records / Jyrki Laiho
/ Petteri Oja