Jussi Lehtisalo - Dead [Ruton Music - 2019]Jussi Lehtisalo is one of those musicians that just keeps putting out new music all the time, and he is one of the most prolific players in the experimental rock world. For those that are not familiar. Jussi is the bassist and founder of the Finnish band Circle- one of the greatest progressive/experimental rock bands in the world. If you are not familiar you should get your self turned on to Circle.. immediately.
With that said. I am a fan of Circle., and Jussi is one of those creative people that I feel could really deserve more mainstream attention.. either with Circle.. or his Stoner rock band Phantom Overlord. or even with his solo outings.. like this one.
Dead is the 5th solo album from Jussi to be released and the 2nd one for the Ruton Music label. This album is billed as a solo “debut” as it is in a style that Jussi has not worked in before. This is an electronic album, with dance beats, but not really- created mostly with 8 bit sounds...so it has that old analogue/video game feel to it. The songs all have titles that relate somehow to the California sonic institution known as The Grateful Dead... “Space” “Drums” “Jam” “Grateful Dead” but don’t be tricked my Deadhead friends.. this release has no resemblance to the spacey noodling of the Grateful Dead. Well, except that the beats are throbbing and make you want to dance with your arms and your legs.. so I guess they both have that in common.
I really wanted to put this on and be blown away by it...I love Circle, I love The Grateful Dead, and so I hoped it would be some sorta merging of the two. But it didn't, it was electronic tones from a long lost past being overlaid and grooved into six compositions that never really grabbed me with any sorta real interest except to be music I play in the background when doing house chores. The final track “Space (part two) was my favourite, as it seemed to have a little of flow of some Dead energy...kinda like the middle of a Terrapin Station jam...but still missing the element of magic that belongs thereLob Instagon