Erja Lyytinen is part of an exciting young
generation of European blues artists who are carrying this traditional
form of American music into the future. From her home in Finland, she
has ventured out to captivate audiences throughout Europe and recorded
albums in places as far flung as her own Seasound Studio in Helsinki and
the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Acclaimed for her slide guitar
playing abilities, keen songwriting and smooth vocal delivery, Lyytinen
is committed to a life of music. And, as her newest release Voracious
Love shows, she continues to develop and hone her craft.
Voracious Love, set for release in May 2010, is surely Lyytinen's most
adventurous album to date. Anyone who thinks they know Erja's sound is
in for a surprise. Voracious Love is teeming with snappy beats,
disarming melodies, and unexpected lyrical twists and turns. It's an
album without musical blinders: "A crossover album that pushes style
boundaries," explains Erja. The lavishly orchestrated "Bed of Roses,"
featuring Marco Hietala (Nightwish) on vocals and Apocalyptica cellist
Paavo Lötjönen, is just one example of its broad scope. Of course,
there's also plenty of slide guitar magic spread across the album's
impressive 13 tracks.
Voracious Love is a definite step forward, both musically and
personally. Erja – never one to shy away from change – has even created
a fresh new visual image for herself, as seen in the striking photos
adorning the cover and booklet. "I personally feel like I'm in a
different place now," she says in comparing the album to her previous
work. "This one really feels like me and sounds like me."