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Pekka Streng

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PEKKA STRENG (26.4.1948 - 11.4.1975) was both a mystic and a tragic character, being a pioneer of the small scene of Finnish psychedelic folk music. At late 1960’s he participated in activities of The University Student Theatre, and he also did some radio plays which made such a good impression to the staff at YLE (Finnish Radio Broadcast co.), that he was recommended to Otto Donner, who invited Pekka to do recordings for the famous Love Records label. On these albums along with the help famous Finnish musicians Pekka sings and plays acoustic guitar, and also all of the songs and lyrics on these records are written by him.

His first record “Magneettimiehen Kuolema” (”The Death of A Magnet Man”, 1970) was done with the famous prog band TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI. This album holds themes of oriental philosophies and religions, and the most famous track on it is the song “Sisältäni Portin Löysin” (“I Found a Gate Within Myself”), which describes poetically the process of consciousness expansion, and it has also been performed by many other famous Finnish artists. There are also other interesting tunes on it, like euphoric “Gilgamesh”, “Olen Erilainen” (“I’m Different”) and “Pitkä Kieli” (“Long Tongue”).

The second album “Kesämaa” (”Summerland”, 1970) was done with another league of famous Finnish musicians featuring Olli Ahvenlahti, Eero Koivistoinen, Hasse Walli and Pekka Pöyry. The overall feeling of the records is a bit more warm-hearted and clearer than it’s more psychedelic predecessor, but it too has fine artistic and surreal elements in it. Also along with Pekka’s poems there are also some texts of other authors there, like TOVE JANSSON.

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  • Mortum_est

    pretty

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • prince-paradox

    hieno mies!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • kristojk

    Uskomattoman kaunista musiikkia.

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Moxxxu

    Olet Onnelinen? lucy in the sky with diamonds?

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • SteQ

    Suomen Nick Drake

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • mellohippo

    The very definition of New Weird Finland ;)

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Dendrita

    I've just discovered him, and I love him...I could listen to this music forever

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
  • debetcan

    Hey, please visit my new gruop: Nordic Hearts

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • abebones

    Listening to Kesämaa, it's really nice :)

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Legioona

    ei Pekka mihinkään kuollut, hän on jo syntynyt uudestaan

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Taika_J

    Mahtavaa!!!!

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • OK8

    Foskun pointti on erinomainen.

    18 May 2009 Reply
  • MoodyZahir

    21.1. se julkaistiin. Mie kävin eilen ostamassa. :)

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • squigglycircle

    Minun EMIltä saamani tiedonannon mukaan levy julkaistaan jo 21.1.2009. Lieneekö sitten joku erikoistarjous uutiskirjeen tilaajille.

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Zombiespider

    Pekan kolmas levy "Unen Maa" julkaistaan postuumisti 28. päivä kuluvaa kuuta. Mahtavaa!

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • popluhv

    Like a northern Caetano Veloso.

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • fosku

    jee tagataan kaikki suomalainen tagilla "finnish", saadaan pian joku Nightwish tms. samankaltaisiin artisteihin!!1 ihme touhua

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • HuppumiesIsPest

    PEKKKKKKKA! Miksi kuolit? Tule takaisin!

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Ghaassas

    tsamowahr: olin joskus näkevinäni kirjastossa Taru sormusten herrasta -nimisen cd:n, eli tallennetta on ilmeisesti mahdollista saada jos vain löytää. En kyllä katsonut levyä sen tarkemmin - oli vissiin jo täydet lainat minulla silloin tai jotain - mutta kansitaide ainakin vaikutti sopivalta ollakseen Strengin musiikkia, ja suomalaisartistin se vähintäänkin oli, hyvin mahdollisesti juuri Pekan.

    25 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Tsamowahr

    En tiedä lukeeko tätä poksia kukaan pekka strengin tuotantoon todella syvästi syventynyt, mutta kysympähän kumminkin. Löytyykö näitä lauluja mistään, jotka pohjautuivat Taru sormusten herrasta -teokseen? Lisäksi Pekka Strengin muistolle tehty radio-ohjelma olisi mielenkiintoista kuulla.

    11 Feb 2008 Reply
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