For My Love (New City Sound LP 777) 1976
The Scandinavian brother/sister foursome The Aaltos are unlikely to sound like anyone you’ve ever heard before. Describing their music is quite a challenge — how about a combination of Fiddler On The Roof and Swedish rock-and-roll? Bizarre instrumentation includes psychy organ, lamenting minor—key violin and accordion, choppy electric guitar and wild solos from what sound like a funky clavinet-ish bass synthesizer and an ocarina (credits list something called an s-ﬂute?). Timo Aalto provides the lead vocals with his intensely strong accent, coming across as a highly energized Scandinavian nightclub version of Elvis (those sunglasses and leather jacket are the bomb). Add all that up and you’ve got something that’s both highly creative and wonderfully awkward. Most songs written by member and multi-instrumentalist Ewa-Maria Aalto, who along with her drumming sister Nina display some impressive lengthy locks of blonde hair (the plaid ‘70s outﬁts on the back cover are a total hoot). All but two of the twelve songs are in English. Took me forever to ﬁgure out some of the pronunciations — “bittemess” comes out as buh-ter-nis, “jealousy” as juh-low-see. Some irresistible tracks in here, several with that homemade organ/guitar “psych” undercurrent that appeals to private press collectors. I’m certainly diggin’ it. Gives a Cloquet, Minnesota address. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Bride of the New City||4:41|
|1-4||For My Love||4:32|
|2-3||It Won't Be Long||3:09|
|2-4||My Longing Way||2:39|
|2-5||In the Name of Jesus||3:36|