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Whose Dream We Live In? (Fire Museum)

Every decade or so, a pagan-psychedelic scene sprouts that involves a bunch of longhaired hippies dedicated to a let's-get-naked-in-the-mud ethos. For the past seven years, Finland has been the center of that scene, and Keijo is the main reason why. He's a one-man band who plays guitar, percussion, and keyboards — venturing from subterranean blues ("Under the Stars") to rickety, lo-fi folk weirdness (the title track).

But unlike the far-out Finns he's influenced, Keijo excels at more traditional fare. In "Only So," he actually sounds like a stoned bluesman passing jazzy licks through hazy clouds of tape hiss. And in the playful "Cup of Juice," his chops feel downright delicate. There's a midnight-in-my-bedroom vibe to Whose Dream We Live In? that hints that Keijo just might have a great blues record inside him if he ever decides to put some clothes on.

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