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It’s here! The Finnish National Broadcasting company’s Omatuntoklubi documentary features a live take on La Beauté, along with some extremely beautiful material shot in the studio. The song starts at 1:05, and there’s some merry babbling at the end by a songbird who’s just come off the stage. Easy, the spoken word is not.

– Laura

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(I’d teach you how to) Fly

Hello sweethearts,

here’s a new video for (I’d teach you how to) Fly, shot on the way from the island of Thasos to the Greek mainland a few weeks ago as we were going to visit the Roman site of Philippi on the Via Egnatia. A flock of seagulls followed our ferry, circling around it to a hypnotic, inaudible rhythm. It was beautiful, I was fascinated and captured the gliding birds. Beauty is often so very simple.

This is not really a music video, more like a postcard: It’s a moving photograph, a mindscape, a meditative moment I want to share with you. If you like it, feel free to spread it.

– Laura

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Cynara! live at 12 Grad, Berlin

Here is a video posted on Youtube by the lovely Sylvia Kasprzak from our April pop-up show at 12 Grad, Berlin’s prettiest Steampunk bar! We had such a lovely time there, and it shows.

Berlin was so good to us we cannot wait to return to play at Aphitheater im Monbijoupark, a lovely wooden venue in the heart of the city, on 19th August! Our upcoming concert there has rekindled my dangerous obsession with amphitheatres (I used to study classical Greek,you know), and it may not be long before you start seeing the results here and on our Facebook. Not telling yet!

Here’s our new concert poster though, which combines Juha’s Bonnie & Clyde portrait with Jere’s Art Nouveau design:

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Enjoy the sun, sweethearts, we intend to! Plenty of time for brooding in the winter, now’s the time for sea, sun and shandy.

– Laura

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July 12, 2013 · 3:12 pm

One Man’s Sweetheart music video

We set up a light and made something decadent for you in good old black and white. Enjoy!

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March Cocktail Recipe: Stepping on Roses

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Well, technically it’s not March anymore, we know. The reason for our tardiness is that originally we wanted to do something quite different for March, but couldn’t find a single bottle of Kirchwasser in all of Helsinki. Perhaps we’ll get some on our tour, and can supply you with some unaccurate historical reproductions in May!

Stepping on Roses is a variation of both the Mimosa and the Bellini. Drinks like these are often served at weddings, or as hair-of-the-dog drinks at other daytime parties. For us, it’s a staple welcome cocktail and a salvage for less agreeable sparkling wines. The rose fragrance is luxurious, and if you can find jam with petals, it gets even better.

♦ Stepping on Roses ♦

2 parts Rose petal jam
1 part Fresh orange juice
6 parts Dry sparkling wine

Place the rose jam and orange juice in a tall champagne flute. Stir well to mix the two. Pour in the sparkling wine, and stir very gently, not to lose the effervesence of the sparkling wine. Take your shoes off. Have a ball.

The name comes from our song The Mascot Moth, of course:

Why don’t you

Stop dangling from the chandelier, don’t go

Stepping on roses if your feet are bare, silly bear

Make no mistake, I am the hunter and you are the deer

Here’s the deal: If you sink to despair, search for me.

Listen to the song here:

 

Mimosas and Bellinis are usually served without garnishes but they are a festive detail. The function of the garnish in a coctail is not purely visual – with Stepping on Roses you might try decorating the drink with either rose petals or strips of orange peel, and see how the different garnishes affect the senses.

Ah, and we have just the cocktail in mind for April: The beautiful  Maja with all the grace of a Polish belle! Be back soon!

– Laura & Jere

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Strawberry Gin – Live!

Another live video from the album release, this time it’s Strawberry Gin – and that’s what the ladies are drinking to the right of the camera! Our lovely Vilac toy piano makes a comeback, this time played by Martiina Laaksonen.

Happy Women’s Day ladies, don’t give up the fight for your Love’s Last Adieu!

-Laura

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News Item N:o 2 – Live footage!

We played our 1920’s inspired News Item N:o 2 for the first time with the whole band at the Mascot Moth release party. Not bad, huh?

Notice the dancing flappers and the opportune moment the bartender has selected for shaking a Strawberry Gin cocktail! Oh, what a night it was. We’ll have to host these kinds of parties more often.

Time for some song trivia! The title of the song is an allusion to a two-line poem by Dorothy Parker:

News Item

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

– Dorothy Parker

– Laura

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