After returning after a hiatus to deliver their evocative single ‘Wishful Information’, Finnish act Tuomo & Markus have shared a new offering called “Highest Mountain”, ahead of their forthcoming sophomore album Game Changing. Known for their explorative style that bridges the gap between psychedelica and folk, “Highest Mountain” effectively conjures an airy, soothing soundscape that feels highly immersive.
On “Highest Mountain”, expansive guitars provide a lush introduction before the duo’s emotive, vibrant vocal harmonies enter to give the song a layered feel. Building dynamically as graceful string arrangements swell beneath, “Highest Mountain” showcases the group’s poignant songwriting and penchant for crafting engaging, dream-like soundscapes.
Speaking about the inspiration behind “Highest Mountain”, they said, “Highest Mountain was inspired by the political polarization and dogmatic thinking that our societies have been faced with in the last 5-6 years, starting with the elections that lead to Brexit and Trump presidency, resulting with the US Capitol attacks, the overturn of abortion rights in the US and in parts also the current war in Ukraine. Some of these can be attributed to the tribalism that the age of social media has created – the idea that ”we believe what we need to believe” and our confirmation bias.”
Tuomo & Markus are a new musical project from acclaimed Finnish soul and jazz artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer-songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds. The duo’s music has been described as Nordic Americana and indie-folk with distinct jazz, soul and prog-rock influences. Their latest single “Highest Mountain” will appear on their upcoming LP Game Changing.