A small group of players have made the Finnish traditional horse hair lyre jouhikko visible again after many decades of silence. One of the most original jouhikko players is Pekko Käppi (from groups as Kiila, Lau Nau, Vilddas, Avarus, Päivänsäde, -É?ijä and Office Building) who has transformed the tradition to a wholly own music. His influences come mainly from Finnish folk- and song tradition, but also the North American root music as well as Russian and Siberian indigenous music go through a metamorphosis in his hands. Pekkos earlier, shorter solo releases and his shows in Europe, USA and Russia have gathered a wide group of admirers for his music. Even if he plays songs based on Finnish tradition on a different continent he manages to touch his audience deeply. Jos ken pahoin uneksii" (Peippo 2007) is Käppis first long album. It has a little bit less the melancholic, slow jouhikko ambience than the earlier releases. Instead, Käppi concentrates on the rock side of life and starts the record with a beat that goes on like a steam train. Its clear that Pekko Käppi is a virtuoso jouhikko player and his intensive style to accompany his beautiful singing voice is impressive. No one else has ever made a record that would combine jouhikko music to folkrock, song tradition from other cultures, old gospels and psychedelia. From time to time the rhythms remind of krautrock or roots music and then again his music jumps to such beautiful, floating layers of jouhikko playing and singing that the listener hopes that the world would stop right there." - Peippo.
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.