Radio Supernova
Takaisin


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. CONTRIBUTOR (57 Reviews)
January 22nd, 2021 | 31 replies


Release Date: 01/15/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Katsomassa suomalaisia kenkiä

There are two things you need to know about Takaisin. Firstly, Radio Supernova are a Finnish band with a Finnish vocalist who sings in Finnish. Got it? Good, because secondly, and most importantly: Radio Supernova are a shoegaze band. Thankfully, these two aspects, aided by some incredible musicianship, complement each other brilliantly. The record elegantly glides across eight tracks of sparkly guitar lines, snappy choruses, and an atmosphere dictated by reverb galore and the band’s ability to balance mystique with accessibility.

Personally, I don’t understand Finnish. At all. There’s not a word that seems to make sense to my simple, Germanic eyes; not a single combination of letters I would even attempt to pronounce. As such, there is a sense of mystique surrounding the language which Takaisin brilliantly operationalises. It’s a perfect fit for Radio Supernova’s genre of choice, as shoegaze tends to find its ethereal strengths in the ability to make one float with wonder. Throughout the record, such heavenly elements are consistently intertwined with highly infectious melodies, grounding the overall flow while keeping individual songs hazily adrift. The opening cuts exemplify this instantly; ‘Tammikuu’ and ‘Väkivaltaa’ are highly catchy, with smooth riffs twinkling on top of a tight rhythm section, allowing Inkeri Riikonen’s magically woven words to add to the intrigue. Her voice is warm, demanding, and perplexingly distinguishable among the layers of fuzz, with the language of persistent vowels allowing for the album’s unique shroud.

While every song makes a strong case for itself with plenty of memorable moments, Radio Supernova truly transcend when allowing ample space for the music to breathe. ‘Kadoksiin’ carefully constructs itself upon a meandering, distorted hum that both swallows and amplifies every consecutive sound. It’s the perfect canvas for the song, as the midpoint blends a mysterious mixture of noises - birds? water? a severely depressed robot? - before dissolving into a shimmeringly abrasive conclusion. Similarly, ‘Utopia’ closes the album on its very best song, summarising the entirety of Takaisin in a delightfully key-focused manner. Instrumentals shimmer as Riikonen’s vocals appear miles away and up close at once, solidifying a final reverb-soaked punch as the tempo builds to a finale that encompasses a gentle guitar solo, off-kilter drums and shimmering synths.

Takaisin burns brightly with mystery, yet never lets the flame overshadow its grounded beauty. From bubbly, catchy numbers to songs that take their fuzzy time unfolding, Radio Supernova do not deviate from the paved roads of shoegaze, instead opting to explore the familiar grounds and subsequently excel at their chosen style. It’s a delightful album and a perfect opportunity to admire the Finnish language surrounded by dreamy music. En ymmärrä sitä ollenkaan ... ja siinä on sen kauneus.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2021


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

here's a batch of adjectives about a very good shoegaze album hope u enjoy dewi

listen: https://radiosupernova.bandcamp.com/album/takaisin

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ieatbabies795
January 22nd 2021


670 Comments


You speak Finnish Jesper?

I might give a quick listen but I haven’t checked out the shoe gaze genre yet

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2021


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hehe no not at all, i have a scandinavian name but that's about it lol!

lmk if you want any tips on where to start, am always down to give gaze recs :]

ieatbabies795
January 22nd 2021


670 Comments


Yes recs plz lol

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2021


23596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You did it! Great stuff Jesp, the album bangs so hard.



Dat closer.

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normaloctagon
January 23rd 2021


4475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Got it?"



got it



"Personally, I don’t understand Finnish. At all."



wow same





but no this sounds right up my alley, and really nice read this one! i'll let you know when i find that darned pos button

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2021


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx bois!

damn norma we have so much in common 😳

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2021


13498 Comments


Pretty artworks : )

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2021


6982 Comments


Great words right here

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2021


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ty asleep!

artwork is lovely yeah, it's what convinced me to check this on bandcamp

Pikazilla
January 23rd 2021


15025 Comments


I am interested in this

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2021


2007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming this now, it rules

Pho3nix
January 23rd 2021


1040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kiitos arvostelusta! :]



I'll have to check this. Never heard of them before actually.

Aberf
January 23rd 2021


3565 Comments


I've listened to their previous work and it felt wallpaper-y.

normaloctagon
January 23rd 2021


4475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yumm gotta listen to this again with the tracklist in front of me there were a few moments that were just so tasty

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2021


2517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i checked the debut too and this is definitely better abe!

AxeToFall93
January 24th 2021


277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty good, especially the riffs on this are sick.

Ayashi
January 24th 2021


303 Comments


Uuh oisko se pojat torille, kyl se vissii

nightbringer
January 25th 2021


1678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first album from 2021 I've listened to and it was a good choice.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2021


23596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see this getting some buzz.



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