Monday 4 September 2023



Warped by dust and wrapped in nostalgia, 'Piano' by Berlin-based Finnish artist Jonsjoeel is not exactly a lullaby. The titular piano may be playing something resembling a lullaby, like something you'd hear plink and plonk its way out of an antique music box, but it is inextricably sad. And, like a music box melody, the mechanism slows and the playing gradually peters out.

Alongside the cold, almost harsh piano, strains of vocal leap out of the spirit-tinged keyboard, a muted skirling like the croon of one both in pain and self-soothing all at once. It crackles, it fuzzes, it crunches and crawls itself on the air, bearing the hallmarks of heartfelt lo-fi music with cold experimentalism crashing within. Ultimately 'Piano' is emotive and intellectual, soulful and mechanical, a tone poem that charts what it might feel like for a skeptic to see a ghost.

  • 🔔 'Piano' is taken from Jonsjooel's upcoming new album Lullabies for Younger Self, scheduled for release 22nd September via Kieku Records.

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