© Hannu Karjalainen 2017
Hannu Karjalainen


Hannu Karjalainen's work as a musician comprises ambient electronic music (A Handful of Dust Is A Desert 2017, Hintergarten 2009, Worms in My Piano 2007) and sound art performances and installations such as Music for Space Echo (2017), Derive (2013) and You Have Challenged Infinity (2012). Karjalainen has collaborated with Simon Scott (of Slowdive), Dakota Suite and Monolyth & Cobalt among others.

Hannu Karjalainen: A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert (2017) LP/CD/DOWNLOAD
out now on Karaoke Kalk

"...no less than an ambient paradise..." -A Closer listen

"Easily one of the loveliest things I've heard all year" -Beach Sloth

"A Handful Of Dust In A Desert is not an easy album to describe or categorise, and that is exactly the reason for why it feels so relevant. 10/10" -Juno Download

"The crossover between his musical and visual art sensibility is clear and present, as he makes effective use of a diverse range of iridescent synthetics and glistening glock’n’vibra tones to soundtrack a sort of future-basing magic realism" -Igloo Mag

"So liegt denn der Fokus auch immer auf einer bestimmten Stimmung, die er mit cineastisch anmutenden Klängen eindrucksvoll vermitteln kann." -Westzeit

"From the multilayered piano loops in the short title track to the pop-ambient of A Year In A Day, the sad nostalgic melancholy of Love Is A Black Lion and the yearning vocal loops and threatening pulses in the closing track Breaks My Heart She Aria: this album covers many evocative styles." -Ambient Blog

"While his previous albums were more rooted in the Experimental/Electronica genre with Electroacoustic influences, “A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert” finds itself more in the Ambient/Electronica field and is a much deeper ,epic, widescreen and lush album. Definitely one to listen to again and again and get repeated enjoyable listens." -Drifting, Almost Falling

"Alles is van een bijzondere dromerigheid, die zowel herfstige beelden oproept als gewoonweg weet te imponeren door de overrompelende schoonheid." -Subjectivisten

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Dakota Dakota Suite: The Night Just Keeps Coming In (2009) LP/CD/DOWNLOAD, including a remix of "The End of Trying" by Hannu (released by Karaoke Kalk)

"The Standouts include Hannu's soft chimes and acoustic guitar set against distant piano" - Allmusic.com

"Hannu lightens the tone momentarily, managing to make 'The End Of Trying Part III' sound firmly like one of his own tracks, full of wintry xylophone and warm filtrations" -Boomkat.com

Hintergarten (2009) CD/DOWNLOAD, an album by Hannu (released by Kesh Label)

"Remarkable ambient/experimental record which manages to convey surprising depth within its adventurous arrangements" -Leonard's Lair Music Reviews

"Another unmissable album of crackly, homespun electronica" -Boomkat.com Worms In My Piano (2007) CD/DOWNLOAD , an album by Hannu (released by Osaka Records)

"A shimmering, homespun amalgam of delicate twilight music that fans of Colleen, Deaf Center, Max Richter, Marsen Jules, Brian Eno, Greg Haines, Stars of The Lid and so on will absolutely adore" -Boomkat.com

"Meditative, gently hypnotic and oftentimes completely involving" -Cyclic Defrost