[Cover photo credit to Tero Ahonen]
Nordic Indie Folk duo Tuomo & Markus have shared “The Highest Mountain,” the latest from their new album, Game Changing, which arrives on Friday, October 14th, 2022. The track is accompanied by an in-studio video.
The new album was Produced by Tuomo & Markus, a.k.a. Finnish soul/jazz singer/pianist Tuomo Prättälä and singer-songwriter/guitarist Markus Nordenstreng (formerly in the Helsinki-based roots rock band The Latebirds) in their native Finland and studios across the US, with featured backing from guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, The Black Keys), Jonathan Wilson and Finnish jazz trumpeter Verneri Pohjola.
Tuomo Prättälä and Markus Nordenstreng first met in 2007 and soon began collaborating as a duo, inspired by a shared passion for vocal harmony and a wide range of American music spanning Roots Rock, Folk, Jazz, Soul, and Psychedelia. The new album combines “inventive improvisation and emotionally direct songcraft” which combines “the Finnish north and the American West”.
David Fricke comments in the album’s exclusive liner notes:
“The only thing you can count on/Is things are about to change,” Prättälä and Nordenstreng sing as one in ‘Love Is Coming Down’ – a promise made again and again on this album. Six years in the waiting and finished amid a fear and uncertainty many of us have never known before, Game Changing is a second album about new beginnings, by a band with a future still being written. Here is the story so far.