Tuomo & Markus released their debut album, Dead Circles, to American audiences today. The folk duo recorded the album at the WaveLab Recording Studios in Tucson with the help of Joey Burns, John Convertino and Jacob Valenzuela of Calexico, as well as John Stirratt and Pat Sansone from Wilco.
Hailing from Helsinki, the duo is made up of jazz/soul musician Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng. Making music described as “Nordic Americana,” Tuomo & Markus say their influences are songwriters like Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Dead Circles features vocal harmonies between Tuomo and Markus, mixed in with meticulous folk instrumentation. The Tucson-influence is clear: driving rhythms and droning organs. But the upbeat, Scandinavian vocals differentiate the album from being explicitly in the desert folk-rock scene.
Although the album originally released in Scandinavia in 2016, today marks the first time Dead Circles is released on a North American record label, Schoolkids Records. This release comes ahead of a North American tour this December.