Finland – Land of the Midnight Sun

Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun 1

These days everyone seems to be talking about how much brighter it is in the evenings and discussing “that extra stretch in the day”. I know you might be thinking that I must keep rather dull company, but it’s not that – discussing the hours of darkness in Northern Europe is a prerequisite for living here.

After surviving another grey and dull winter, the reemerging sun plays a significant role in the lives and lifestyles of the people who live here. This is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in Finland. Here the Finns survive with no sunlight in the winter, and in the summer nature replies with 24 hours of sun. In the northernmost parts of Finnish Lapland, the sun stays above the horizon for over 70 consecutive days.

In the video above, the Official Finnish Travel Site, Visit Finland, have captured some of the magic of this time of year in a beautiful video that celebrates the midnight sun. Go check it out and make sure to check out the music of Husky Rescue too which is featured in the video. Enjoy!

Philip Kennedy

April 22, 2013 / By

‘Hysteria’ – A Look Inside Nobrow 8

Nobrow 8 covers

You probably know by now that I’m a big fan of Nobrow Press. Yet despite my enthusiasm for the indie publishers, it wasn’t until recently that I got to check out their self-titled flagship magazine. Already up to issue 8, each publication is a fantastic compendium of contemporary graphic art, bringing together a wonderful collection of comic creators and illustrators.

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Philip Kennedy

April 17, 2013 / By

‘Eurozone’ – A Great New Track From Shine 2009

Eurozone - Shine 2009

Finnish electro-pop duo Shine 2009 have just released a new single called “Eurozone”. It’s a wonderfully catchy tune filled with glittering chimes, operatic samples and a terrific late-80s / early-90s style funk. The track is the first single from their upcoming second album, and a brilliant taste of what’s to come. “Eurozone” has certainly been clocking up a good number of plays in my studio over the last few days, and I’m already looking forward to the new album!

You can download “Eurozone” here from iTunes. Their forthcoming album, Our Nation is set for release this fall through Cascine.

Philip Kennedy

April 15, 2013 / By

Fashion meets illustration as Rebecca Torres collaborates with Saskia Pomeroy

Torres : Pomeroy

Last year the fashion designer Rebecca Torres collaborated with illustrator Saskia Pomeroy to create a bold and brash collection for women. Her vision was to create a line which drew inspiration from her signature style whilst also captured the raw essence of native, ancient and decorative arts. Fortunately Saskia was the perfect partner to see that vision come to life.

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Philip Kennedy

April 12, 2013 / By

The Surreal and Beautiful Illustrations of Marina Muun

Marina Muun - Departure

Marina Muun - lava boy final

I recently discovered the work of Marinna Muun and I love it! Born in Bulgaria, Munn says that she “grew up all over the place” and now is currently based in the UK. To me, her work feels quite mystical. Her acrylic paintings and digital illustrations mix the unnatural and the supernatural to create characters and illustrations that feel somewhat spiritual or ritualistic.

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Philip Kennedy

April 10, 2013 / By