Liima are the most exciting thing to come out of the Nordic music scene in recent years. A recent gig at The EDITION Hotel Basement in London proved just how exciting and energetic lo-fi can be. Their set twisted and turned through melodic ripples, in the intimate space, with the crowd swaying in rhythm. Their sound is refreshing yet humble, and has the vibe of that effortless cool that seems to exude itself from Nordic people.
Liima is the new band formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of lauded Danish act Efterklang. Their debut album ii released March 18th on 4AD features songs crafted in Finland, Berlin, Istanbul and Madeira during four weeklong residencies, each place influencing the sound, sometimes literally through field recording and sampling – their debut album ‘ii’ will be released on March 18th.
The band had a four-day residency in the club, with the area being turned in to a gig/studio, enabling them to create tracks from scratch in the unique environment. To make them feel at home, Scandinavian furniture was supplied by the achingly cool Danish furniture designer Fritz Hansen, whose boutique is round the corner.
Guests including Bip Ling and the Liima band forgot about the cold weather as they sipped on custom-made Patrón Tequila cocktails and a signature Patrón Edition Punch during the performance and after party. The night gave fans a rare opportunity to see the band create in their own way and to hear tracks from their upcoming album ii, as well as debuting the music created during their artist-in-residency stay at EDITION.
By Benjamin Saunders