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!
Owen Davey is a very talented illustrator from the UK. He’s worked with a number of clients including The Guardian, New York Times and The Leisure Society and, over the last three years, he’s also published three picture-books. On his site, he impressively claims that he’s had work published in every continent except Antarctica (take note Antarctica)!
Unfortunately I don’t know that much about El Grio, but what I do know is that I love his work! I first saw him featured on Juxtapoz a few months ago and ever since I’ve been a fan. Originally working in graffiti, the artist now seems to be focused mainly on producing fantastically mundane still-life paintings.
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.
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.