The Iron Door

by Is This Really Me

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== Album reviews ==
(Unfortunately some of them available only in Finnish):

Nordic Music Review:

Nordische Musik:

One Chord To Another blog:
#5 on Top 10 Albums of the Year - Finnish Edition

Mikko Siltanen ☆☆☆☆

☆☆☆☆ by Antti Luukkanen, Soundi 11/2016


Helsinki-based folk band Is This Really Me released its debut album, The Iron Door, under the Marsu On Paras label in October 2016. The album is recorded in Jaala's mysterious gymnasium and takes its inspiration from cultural artifacts such as Werner Herzog movies, literature from Yrjö Kallinen through Dante and Julia Kristeva to Dostoyevsky, and various forms of contemporary art and music.

The key to opening The Iron Door is a psychoanalytical reading of Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. Each song on the album is a different exploration of the cave-like structures of the psyche where our realities begin to take shape. The unpredictable and violent nature of psychological reality is deconstructed in soft, folky musical arrangements influenced by folk music from the late sixties and early seventies. The power of human experience lies in our capacity to sense – through our bodies, through language, through dance and music. Is This Really Me is not a band but a living cytoplasm.

According to Is This Really Me vocalist Panu Artemjeff the obvious answer to the Fermi paradox ”where is everybody” is that there must be better parties going on elsewhere in the universe. This is our challenge – more music will need to be recorded and performed if we want them to take an interest in us.



released October 1, 2016

All songs by Is This Really Me
Produced and arranged by Is This Really Me and Antti Vallius
Most of the songs recorded 2013 in Huhdasjärvi by Lauri Kuosa
Additional recordings by Artemjeff and Nakari in Kumpula, Dungeon and Kaapelitehdas
Mixed by Petri Nakari
Mastered by James Anderson

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Is This Really Me on this album:
Panu Artemjeff - lead vocals, guitar, violin, piano, synth
Mikko Hynninen - guitar, backing vocals
Ilja Kaskimaa - keyboard, backing vocals
Hannu Linkola - drums, percussion
Petri Nakari - guitar, keyboard, backing vocals, bass
Hitomi Tabuchi - bass, backing vocals

Additional musicians:
Nexhat Beqiri - backing vocals and keyboard on Freedom Riders
Matti Eräsaari - backing vocals on Sun
Jussi-Matti Haavisto - violin on Safe No More
Sami Järvinen - piano on Safe No More
Steve Kado - reading of Dostoyevsky on freedom Riders
Pentti Luomakangas - saxophone on Cave
Jaakko Siltanen - cello on Safe No More, Roundabout Way and Oblivion
Mikko Valo - backing vocals on Black Feathers
Tuomas Valo - guitar on Black Feathers and Roundabout Way

Album artwork and Layout by Tomas Regan and Riku Ahonen



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