Liima photographed by Thomas M. Jauk

Meaning ‘glue’ in Finnish, Liima’s debut release features songs written during four week-long artist residencies in Finland, Berlin, Istanbul and Madeira. Each place influenced the sound, sometimes literally through field recording and sampling, every residency ended with a live concert, performing the freshly written songs in front of an audience.

Originally composed in Berlin, ‘513’ follows in the footsteps of album track ‘Amerika’ (watch the video for the latter below, or here), and refers to May 13, the date Liima member Rasmus got married. The song is inspired by an ancient Hawaiian wedding ceremony and befriending George Clooney’s personal assistant on a golf course.

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During those residencies the four utilised a simple live set-up – synthesisers, drum samplers, vocals, effects pedals and a bass guitar – and drawing upon their creative dynamic, and playing by intuition like a collective conscience, they were able to shape improvised sketches and ideas into songs. That same approach was adopted in the studio, recording the album in just three days at Vox-Ton studio in Berlin.

ii is released digitally and on LP and CD on March 18th. Liima will be touring throughout the year, see below for a full list of dates, or head to

March 3-4 – OSLO, By:Larm
March 31 – HELSINKI, Kuudes Linja
April 1-2 – TALLINN, Tallinn Music Week
April 8 – BRUGES, More Music Festival
April 9 – ROTTERDAM, Motel Mozaique Festival
April 11 – LONDON, Rich Mix
April 12 – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
April 13 – EDINBURGH, Summerhall Arts Venue
April 14 – GLASGOW, CCA
April 15 – MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
April 16 – BRIGHTON, Patterns
April 17 – PARIS, L’Espace B
April 19 – ZURICH, Bogen F
April 20 – NUREMBERG, Z-Bau
April 21 – BERLIN, Berghain
April 28 – HANNOVER, Feinkost Lampe
April 29 – AARHUS, Spot Festival
June 3 – MANNHEIM, Mayfield Derby
August 12-14 – HELSINKI, Flow Festival

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