Everything Is Made in China (RUS)

  Over the last few years, a series of municipal mergers has made the town of Joensuu expand itself decidedly towards the East. Now that the most famous national frontier in Finland is situated within the area of Joensuu, what could be a better way to take the most out of that border than to cross it, which is exactly what the Ilosaarirock Festival has been enthusiastically doing over and over again since its early days. The series of much-applauded concerts by Russian acts is continued this summer with Everything Is Made in China, straight from Moscow.

From the cultural point of view, a political border is a mere formality. This is very well illustrated by Everything Is Made in China and their music that can't easily be associated with any one country. This insightful post-rock could just as well originate from Canada, where the band recorded their debut album 4 in 2007. But their reluctance to clearly reveal their homeland may also be a conscious choice, since the purpose of such absorbing aural art must rather be to leave behind the time and space altogether than to attach itself tightly to any particular location.

Everything Is Made in China trusts tried and tested elements tempered into striking effectiveness. Angular rhythm base brings seductive tension to the elongated arches formed by the melodies that start unpretentiously, build into something massive, and then return to silence again. The universal direction of the songs develops without haste, but under the seemingly calm surface there is a heavy sea running. And when the band wants to strike, it will assault you with both electricity and force.

For the friends of such names as Mogwai, Mew or Broken Social Scene, Everything Is Made in China’s gig is bound to be this summer's most exhilarating encounter, but this charismatic band can surely charm the pants off everyone else too. Now that it seems that Finland will forever be situated where we are now, and we are not going to collectively migrate to some distant Caribbean island, we might as well celebrate what's best with our neighbouring countries – or rather, let the borders be forgotten altogether.


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