Picture: Konsta Leppänen
”Finland’s wild man of the jouhikko (bowed lyre)…dark swamp-blues grooves, his gnomic, Incredible-String-Band-paralleling vocals leading a massed chorus in a steamy, punky extension of the runo-song tradition”. – fRoots
They go by the name PEKKO KÄPPI & K:H:H:L (Bones of the dead Crazy Horses). Their music is dealing with love, death, Finnish voodoo and archaic grooves.
Their minimalistic and straightforward sound has a distinct odour of pop, layered with colliding rhythms and psychedelic sights. Yet it is sweetly dangerous, like sounds from the Finnish summer swamps with hidden the secrets from the past. Traditional lyrics and harshly joyous jouhikko playing butt heads with drones and distortions from the past and future.
Immediately after their birth, Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L performed in 2013 Womex World Music Festival in Cardiff. Their international appearances in 2015 after their extensive record release tour of Finland include the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands, Garden of Sound Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, Finskaja Tusovka in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Pekko Käppi: Bowed lyres, vocals
Tommi Laine: cigar box guitars, vocals, percussion
Nuutti Vapaavuori: cigar box bass, vocals
Pekko Käppi is a visionary Finnish folk music composer, singer and jouhikko player. His oeuvre revolutionised the standards of playing the ancient Finnish instrument jouhikko, a bowed lyre, by plugging it into an amplifier and various other ass-backwards places. He then incorporated elements from blues and rock and experimental archaic chaos. These melodic sticks and rhythmic stones send shivers down them bones and his singing just might hurt you.
As a singer and a researcher he is well-versed in the Finnish runo-singing tradition among the older layers of Finnish folk songs. His debut album “Jos ken pahoin uneksii” was released in 2007 and nominated for the Finnish ethno-grammy award. The second full-lenght album “Vuonna ’86? was released in February 2010 and received the Folk Music Album of the Year-award in Finland. Käppi has a strong ethnomusical approach in his work, but has worked with various artists across the differenet genres of music around the world. Käppi’s third album “Rammat Jumalat” (“Lame Gods”) was also praised highly by Finnish media.
In 2015 Käppi released yet another album “Sanguis Meus, Mama!”, this time with a band K:H:H:L. Album surfaced at Finnish album charts and spent two month in World Music Charts Europe.