Mi and L'au | Review

Alternative Ulster | Andrew Williamson

The music is sparse and delicate

November 05 Mi is a female Finnish former model. L'au is a French soundtrack producer. Mi and L'au met in Paris, fell head over heels in love, and moved to the woods in Finland to live happily ever after making very slow, quiet records. Think Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Antony and the Johnsons and you're almost there. The music is sparse and delicate and slightly unsettling - voice, acoustic guitars and other orchestrations. It's not really the weird folk stuff that's in vogue right at the minute, but perhaps a distant cousin of it. If you imagine what music made in the Finnish woods would sound like, then it probably sounds like Mi and L'au. There are no fast songs, no hooks, no singles you must burn, but that's not the point. Together they are enchanting, as beguling as the Greek sirens Odysseus tried to resist. Ones to watch if you like your Scandanavian folk wispy and melancholic.