Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset

By the People, for the people

The year 2008 marked a change in Herra Ylppö's public image and artistic identity. Having previously identified strongly with Harjavalta, his small hometown in South-Western Finland, Ylppö now presented himself as a hermit in Helsinki with a knack for analyzing the atmosphere and rhythm of his new home city. Ylppö also started to separate himself little by little from his previous band, Maj Karma. Sata vuotta ("Hundred Years"), the debut album of Herra Ylppö & Ihmiset ("People"), was released in February 2008. Besides being one of the musical highlights of the year, it presented Ylppö as an independent composer for the first time.

The leap into performing under his own name was perhaps bigger mentally than musically. While Ylppö’s style of interpretation and world view remained positively recognizable, the new repertoire also developed towards sharper, catchier and more audience-friendly direction. The fans didn’t need to give up anything either – rather, they received a more emancipated and sincere artist in the bargain.

The second album Pojat eivät tanssi ("Boys Don't Dance"), released early this year, shows that Herra Ylppö ja Ihmiset is now even more tightly-knit as a group. The band loosely underlines Ylppö’s stories and the songs bear their hit potential shamelessly. Ylppö’s lyrics work both on general and personal levels, and the artist colours them in with his trademark laconic presence, but the reduction of the bluster and drama gives more room for the message itself. Similarly, the increased musical freedom leaves more room for the singer's ever-growing charisma. This is promising for the audience: we're going to witness a well-oiled, perfectly functioning unit with their new, polished material. When Ylppö and his people are on stage, it should become obvious that the title of the new album is an anti-prophecy and that boys do, indeed, dance.


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