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ANIMALIA COROLLA

Jüppala Kääpiö

Track List: 1. Moosfluh (4:22), 2. Yôkoso (6:05), 3. Pollen Penetration (6:48), 4. Yetti Frottage (12:40), 5. Blooming Cocoons (11:20), 6. Ape Regina (9:53), 7. Saturatus (13:39)

First Edition
Format: CD
Cover: double envelope: felt, card stock (300gsm), hand printed silkscreen, inkjet
Number: numbered 88 copies
Issue: February 2012
Label: omnimemento
Catalog number: om04

Second Edition
Cover: double envelope: card stock (300gsm), hand printed silkscreen
Number: 50 copies
Issue: August 2012

Third Edition
Cover: gatefold: manila paper (315gsm), hand printed silkscreen
Number: 50 copies
Issue: October 2013


Distributors/shops

Direct sale: omnimemento (Belgium), 日本版

EU: Out-Of-Print (Belgium), Stashed Goods(England), Bimbo Tower (France), Drone Records (Germany), Shiny Beast (Holland), Sounohm (Italy)
USA: Aquarius Records, Experimedia
Japan: Disk Union, Art into Life, Omega Point


Introduction

Most of us are living in an urban world, dominated by constant noise and contagious stress. Our ears are conditioned by this aggressive environment and have often lost the ability to perceive another discreet world surrounding us. It might be hidden but also swarming, vivid and incredibly musical. We are all able to prick up our ears to some birds chattering together, the wind shaking leaves, toads singing serenades or old spirits telling us their immemorial adventures…

Since its creation in 2006, Jüppala Kääpiö has tried to substantiate what they were hearing and feeling from animals, plants or even minerals that they met in their living places in different countries and during travels in different continents.
“Animalia Corolla” is a record of feasts of spirits gathered from the whole world. Their songs, dances and conversations about the synchronicity of their dreams have been transcribed in this album.

Jüppala Kääpiö is a Swiss and a Japanese duo. They settled in Brussels in Belgium in summer 2011 after staying in Switzerland , Canada, Mongolia and Japan.
The life in multicultural/lingual situations naturally gave to their music a style which might be called cosmopolitan folklore music.

February 2012
Carole Kojo

Review

The secret rites of nature, translated into music audible by humans, through the transition across unknown dimensions from the interconected worlds of plants, flowers, insects, earth, the elemental spirits that inhabit it, the waters and the croaking of frogs and the seeds that take flight, all dancing the sacred dance, the cosmic dance, proclaiming the mysterious truth of the universe: that everything, absolutely everything is alive in the unlimited flow of change.

July 2012
Dreamfolk


Hitoshi Kojo and Carole Zweifel (now also Kojo) formed Jüppala Kääpiö in 2006 and after wandering together from Switzerland to Canada, Mongolia and Japan, they finally settled in Brussels, and began pursuing their vision of a “cosmopolitan folklore music.” The duo believes that living in an “aggressive” urban environment, our ears have lost their sensitivity to the “incredibly musical” natural world around us. In saying so, they are putting a twist on what Luigi Russolo, the Italian futurist, stated almost exactly one hundred years ago in his manifesto, The Art of Noises (1913), which reminded us that the countryside to which modern man flees to escape the clamour of the newly-mechanized city is in fact anything but peace and quiet. It’s just a different kind of racket which unfortunately “fails to arouse any emotion” in the desensitized urban dweller.

In their ambition to increase our consciousness to animal species and plant life by recreation and reinterpretation, the duo goes beyond ecology and multiculturalism to a kind of pluralist, genus egalitarianism that even embraces minerals. Jüppala Kääpiö have a strong affinity with the mild-mannered but freaky folk of Finland, to the point of creating a “Finnish” name for themselves. It’s a jungle inside Animala Corolla, constantly chattering birds and braying beasts with whom the duo sing (not necessarily in key), chant nonsense—or can they talk with the animals?—and grab at anything they can beat on while monkeying around with Jew’s harp, bubbly electronics, accordions, violins, kazoos, often for a very long time. It’s seriously silly music, rampantly organic, downright rococo at times, free-form and a little haphazard. It may waft like dandelion seeds on “Blooming Cocoons,” but like nature itself, its seeming randomness is its own organizing principle and it comes to dignified, lazy fruition as it closes with “Saturatus.”

Comes literally wrapped in a warm fuzzy. It says here Animala Corolla was recorded in Vevey, Switzerland, but it sounds like some fantastical botanical garden dreamt up by Dr. Seuss.

October 2012
Stephen Fruitman (Igloo Magazine)

+ Review by Jim haynes (Aquarius Records)

+ Review by Volcanic Tongue

+ Review by Onda Rock (Italian)

+ 日本語論評:音薬談


Site design: Hitoshi Kojo + Carole Zweifel, 2008