A peaceful, remote, and magical place is where I go in my head every time I listen to Lau Nau. It was not surprising to learn that this is exactly the kind of place where her music is made. Finnish folk and experimental musician Laura Naukkarinen shares with us, in her words “some wisdoms from the sweaty, hot, dusty countryside of F.” Get Lau’s Nukkuu LP in the Inspiration section of our shop.
Mark: Could you tell us about where you live and work? Your website says you live in the remote countryside on an island.
Lau: I live in Kemiönsaari, it’s a big island on the West coast of Finland and it’s countryside for sure... mostly fields, woods and seashore, houses here and there. I work here also, doing my music and working at the village library.
M: How would you describe your music and who are some of your musical influences?
L: Maybe I’d say that my music grows from the folk tradition and from experimental improvisation to songs that have also ethnic influences. I use a lot of different instruments, found objects, toys and field recordings to create a rich sounding environment for the songs that are really quite minimalistic. I build my towers of blocks and mosaics, record melted lullabies and watch the dreams of a little bird.
M: What’s your favorite Finnish dessert? If it’s unfamiliar to Americans, can you describe it?
L: My favourite is grandma’s blueberry pie with rye dough and vanilla sour cream stuffing. Sticky and delicious.
M: What are some Finnish fashion trends on the street or on your island?
L: In the wintertime the absolute hit is a yellow reflex vest. There’s not so many streetlights. A flashlight is an obligatory accessory. Otherwise rubber boots and shell suits are pretty hot around here.
M: Besides music, what are your other interests or pastimes?
L: I travel a lot but maybe that counts as a part of the music side. My other pastimes are quite simple like playing with our kid, boating, ecological gardening, renovating the house, hanging out with friends, wandering in the www, reading, walking and riding my wonderful electric bike, sleeping a lot... I try to keep it as simple as I can, I don’t like being too busy.