‘Our Nation’ by Shine 2009

Shine 2009 - Photo by Osma Harvilahti

Since featuring the Finnish band Regina on the site a few months ago I’ve really been enjoying listening to them. I was delighted last week to find an email from Sami Suova sitting in my inbox letting me know about a new track he’s released with Regina bandmate Mikko Pykäri as part of their band Shine 2009.

The Helsinki-based duo create some really chilled pop. Their tracks are filled with throwbacks to the early 90’s and sweet tinges of balearic pop – it really is a winning combination. Last year, they released their debut album Realism, a great (and beautiful Santtu Mustonen designed) LP, which featured – amougst other things – the particularly great New Rules.

‘Our Nation’ shows a promising start for what will undoubtably be a great follow-up album. Its combination of a crisp dance beat and some sweet drowsy vocals form to make a track that harks back to the glory days of the Madchester scene. More details on the band (including US tour dates) can be found on their Facebook page.