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Pauline Kyllonen

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
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Pauline Kyllonen @ Heritage Park - Summer Concert Series

Peachland, British Columbia, Canada

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Pauline Kyllonen @ Calgary Farmer's Market -510 77 Ave SE

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Quote: "Think a cleaner, less fussy version of Lucinda Williams and you'll be on the right track."
By Nancy Dunham

Pauline Kyllonen may hail from Canada, but her sound is right out of Nashville, or Texas, or maybe Arizona. Suffice to say she's got the Folk/Americana/Country sound down pat and has the talent to make the most of it.

What sets Kyllonen apart from others is the simplicity with which she showcases the music. Her strong yet wistful voice is the main instrument on these tracks, never overwhelmed by complex instrumentation or too slick production. Think of a cleaner, less fussy musical version of Lucinda Williams and you'll be on the right track.

The pity is that the four tunes on this CD are over much too soon.

Not surprising, the lead tune "Unlucky" has gotten some critical attention. Imagine it as a rocked up, harder edged version of early Reba or maybe even Suzy Bogguss. Without question, Kyllonen has the voice to carry the strong song and catchy "no luck at all" chorus.

"Rainbow Cafe" is straight out of a small Nashville roadhouse; straight country complete with steel guitar and a haunting tale of despair. Yet Kyllonen pulls it off without going into the cornball alley where many balladeers languish. The same can be said of the love song "Like A River."

"Wasn't Thinking About You" is a down tempo, percussion heavy tune that just begs for a contemplative listener.

Come on, Pauline. Think about us. We definitely need more of your sound in our lives.
- By Nancy Dunham - Indie-Music.com


It’s only a short EP, 4 songs, but this is one of those releases where a listener can discover a great deal. Kyllonen has a warm and intimate honey-smooth voice and sings with a melting ease. Even when she’s rocking out in “Unlucky”, there are no shrill bits; it all seems so effortless.

Her songs come across as stories (partly due to her voice) rather than just songs. Somehow, Kyllonen manages to insert a lot of feeling into the recording. There’s an ironic recognition that you can’t complain too much about what life throws at you.

The recording and production work took place at The Factory Studios and they did a great job. The result is a very natural sounding performance that clearly showcases Kyllonen’s prodigious talent.
- BullFrogMusic Reviews


April 26, 2009 - Mr. Neil's Blog, New York City, New York - CD Review by by DJW
http://wherewouldneilgonyc.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/pauline-kyllonen
I came across Pauline Kyllonen via Twitter. She sent me a link to her website and I checked it out. I’m pleased I did.

Although there’s only four songs on her website, they’re a nice showcase of her talent. This Canadian singer/songwriter clearly has roots in country music. It’s that clear, simple weaving of story, melody and a voice that can communicate the emotional undercurrent of the situation being outlined in the song.

When listening to the music, I could see myself in a bar somewhere in the middle of nowhere, having wandered in in the middle of the day for a cold beer and stumbling across Pauline singing on a bare-bones stage.

Her voice is strong and clear, reminding me of Australian singer, Deborah Conway. A strong woman who won’t take any crap, but one who’s been through a lot, seen many things in her life and is willing to share.

The melancholy sounds bring Chris Isaak to mind, and they are the kind of tunes to listen to when sipping a cold beer or glass of white wine, most certainly on a balcony somewhere, alone, to immerse yourself in the images and emotions her songs conjure up.

I don’t know if Pauline Kyllonen is ever heading to NYC for a gig, but if she is, I’ll be there to check her out. If you’re in Canada and happen to be where she’s playing, you should check her out…

The Neil Diamond Seal of Approval? 3 out of 5 stars.
- Review by by DJW


Pauline Kyllonen is a country-rock singer from British Columbia whose 2008 debut EP opens with a gutsy rocker that favorably recalls ‘70s belters like Ellen Foley and Genya Raven.

Yet it’s ballads that appear foremost on Kyllonen’s song list, as the original “Rainbow Café” drops the romping electric guitar of the opener for pedal steel and a moving lyric of small town stasis and a life that’s passed by.

She sings sweetly, reaching into her high register for the folk-jazz “Like a River,” bring to mind early Joni Mitchell, and closes with a ballad whose heavy drums and low organ match the power of her singing.

Kyllonen is served by solid arrangements that keep her strong voice and lyrics front and center. If Nashville were still interested in three chords and the truth, “Rainbow Café” would have already been snatched up by one of its current hitmakers.

As it is, this four-song EP is a good introduction for listeners and a great calling card to the lucky label who eventually signs Kyllonen.

http://www.hyperbolium.com/2009/12/14/pauline-kyllonen-pauline-kyllonen/ - Hyperbolium Blog


Pauline's song "If It Felt Like Christmas" is #9 in the Top DMDS Indie Downloads for the week ending December 12, 2010 - David Farrell - fyimusic.ca


Pauline's song "More Than Kiss" hits #3 on the DMDS "Most Active Indies Chart" today. http://fyimusic.ca/headlines/morning-coffee-with-david-farrell-january-10-2 - David Farrell - fyimusic.ca


Pauline's video for Unlucky places 2nd in the Yangaroo/DMDS "Rising Star Music Contest". - DMDS


"PAULINE KYLLONEN" (self titled) CD review
by John Kereiff

PAULINE KYLLONEN - Pauline Kyllonen (self released)
This self-titled four song EP is a promising start to a young career.

The Vernon based singer/ songwriter engaged the talents of drummer Pat Steward (ex- Bryan Adams/ current New Odds) as well as New Odds bassist Doug Elliot- talk about the stars lining up in her favor.

Kyllonen's sound is a cross between country and roots music, some rock influence too. "Unlucky" is an energetic opener that'll have you tapping in time on the steering wheel, but Kyllonen prefers balladry as her main form of expression. As a preview of things to come this EP is a nice taster, and the star for me at least is "Wasn't Thinking About You", it really stands out.

KEY CUTS: Unlucky and Wasn't Thinking About You
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Media name: Geof Cartledge
Company name: West Gippsland Community Radio
Date: 2009-01-11 05:31:07

Feedback: G'Day Pauline, Thank you for sending your CD. It is fitting in well with our program and receiving good feedback across all tracks. Keep up the great work, looking forward to hearing more of you "Down Under."Have a GREAT 2009.
Regards Geof Cartledge
West Gippsland Community Radio Inc.
Victoria, Australia
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Media name: Tony Bates
Company name: Highlands 100.7FM
Date: 2008-12-30 06:15:39
Feedback: An excellent album full of great musicianship that is going down well with our listeners. Albums of this caliber are rare to come across.
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Media name: Dioni Piatkowski
Company name: JAZZ RADIO fm
Date: 2008-12-08 07:57:58

Feedback: thank you very much for set of recordings and press-kits information. Naturally all these will be put to radio air-plays here and I will do all my best to find distributor of yours records here. be in touch... All the best: Dioni Piatkowski
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Media name: Charly Webster
Company name: radio Ham
Date: 2008-11-30 11:35:05

Feedback: Hello, I have played your music on several occasions in my program " the country music club " and I had a great response from the listeners , specially the number " like a river " was highly appreciated ! I wish you a lot of success in the future ! You are good !!! Country greetings from Charly Webster
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Media name: Paul van Kuik
Company name: Radio 0162 Dongen
Date: 2008-11-24 02:41:51

Hi Pauline, I enjoyed your album very much. Great sound! I'm looking forward to hear more from you in the future.
Yours sincerely,
Paul van Kuik Radio 0162 - Dongen
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Media name: David Bolli
Company name: Country Radio Switzerland
Date: 2008-11-22 04:08:53

Feedback: Hi Pauline Sure we got your promo CD and put 2 songs on our playlist. "Unlucky" and "Wasn't Thinking About You". Good job!
All the best! http://www.CountryRadio.ch
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Media name: Marcel Bos
Company name: Golfbreker Radio
Date: 2008-11-22 02:56:39

Feedback: Hello Pauline, I received your cd last week. And I must say I'm surprised with it. It's a CD I am sure will use in my radio show. Very good music and very good songs. Keep going this way.
All the best from Holland:
Marcel Bos
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November 13, 2008 - RADIO/PRESS REVIEWS

From Peter Merrett, Music Manager - PBS 106.7 FM, Melbourne, Australia


Dear Pauline,

I have just listened to your cd and have found it to be a wonderful example of where Country music should be heading.

Rich powerful voice coupled with very strong songs, aided by top accompaniment. As l listened l was drawn more and more into your stories and more and more under the spell of Pauline Kyllonen.

A name not heard here before, but once the shows l have allocated to get their copy this will quickly change. l truly believe the powerful voice will instantly grab everyones attention. You have grabbed mine, congratulations on this release.

Your CD has been allocated to the following programs...

1. Acid Country - David Heard, Thursday 3 to 5pm.

2. 5 Feet High & Rising - Myles O'Neil-Shaw, Monday 1 to 3pm.

3. Culture Clash - Lisa Palermo (19 year show), Saturday 3 to 5pm.

We sincerely thank-you for your generosity with your music. In a time of uncertainty it takes huge commitment to send out your life's work, here we appreciate your faith in PBS in presenting your music to Australia.


Kindest Regards
Peter Merrett
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November 2, 2008 - Feedback: Pauline has been added to the Minsk Radio Playlist 07.11.2008

I ask you to send me one more copy (maybe signed) of this your truly wonderful CD?
N. Kozlovsky - Minsk Radio, Belarus

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November 4, 2008 - Feedback: Fantastic CD. Great stuff for our Radio Station
Alex Pinjnen - BRTO Radio, Netherlands
http://www.brto.nl
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It's a pleasure, Pauline! Our volunteers choose the material they want to play off the playlist, so they are the ones who've been doing well. Don't know if you'd heard already, but your EP is sitting at #1 on our chart ending August 29th. Good on ya!

Brant - CFBX Radio, Kamloops, BC
http://www.thex.ca
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August 8, 2008 - I received both of your songs. They are both perfect for our station. I am sitting here listening to “Wasn’t Thinking About You” as I type and I must say it's my personal favorite. Thank you so much for the submissions, they will be on rotation on our playlist tomorrow.


August 15, 2008 - Thank you so much. I forwarded your comments to the station manager. I said these are comments from the #1 requested artist on our station. Are you aware of that? We are excited that we got picked up by ITunes. Listenership is booming! We are excited to be promoting so many great artists and you are a jewel among them.

Marque - The Ville Radio Network/ Georgia Music Industry Association, Louisville, Kentucky
http://www.country.villeradio.com

- pk


See CMT Spotlight clip here:

http://www.paulinekyllonen.com/videos.htm

So, my friend Kim calls me up on Saturday and says:"Hey, I was just watching CMT and I heard your name and saw your picture on Chevy Cross Canada Countdown this morning?"

Well, I was surprised to say the least. The show is broadcast Canada-wide so to be mentioned on the show is pretty exciting for me.

Please check out my CMT Artist Page and become a fan. Your support is appreciated! http://www.cmt.ca/Artist/PaulineKyllonen - CMT


Local singer-songwriter sees her dreams come true

By Kristin Froneman - Vernon Morning Star - January 20, 2009 7:00 PM

Vernon’s Pauline Kyllonen is riding high over the rainbow thanks to hard work, patience and help from a Music BC incentive.

The local singer-songwriter has not only seen her recently-released independent CD receive airplay on national radio, she has also been featured on the country music station, Canadian Music Television.

In November, the folk-country roots artist found out through a friend that she had been featured as an independent artist on CMT’s Chevy Cross Canada Countdown with Casey Clarke.

“Well, I was surprised to say the least. The show is broadcast Canada-wide, so to be mentioned on the show is pretty exciting for me,” said Kyllonen. “You spend all this time doing things to get yourself some recognition, and when you get to this point, it’s amazing.”

A singer since birth, Kyllonen began pursuing music seriously six years ago.

After being named a finalist at a few local talent competitions, she entered one of her first compositions, Rainbow Café, into the Music BC Music Assistance Program (MAP).

The song managed to win her three days of studio time at The Factory Studios in Vancouver.

It took three years, but Kyllonen finally recorded and produced her debut self-titled CD in April.

“It was a matter of saving up money to bring in the musicians, have it mastered and packaged,” she said. “The studio time was free. If there wasn’t Music BC, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

In the studio, Kyllonen worked with some of Canada’s best producers and musicians, including John Maclean and Sheldon Zaharko of The Factory Studios, Pat Steward on drums (The New Odds, Bryan Adams, Matthew Good), guitarist Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason), bassist Doug Elliot (The New Odds) and Tyson Naylor on keyboards.

Officially released in June, Kyllonen has been busy self-marketing the CD through the Internet, community, on college and online radio and live performances around B.C.

“If you believe in yourself, you can accomplish what it is you want to do,” she said. “Even if you don’t make it to the Grammys, the fact that you tried makes you proud.”

Kyllonen has also started a radio promotion campaign with Toronto’s RadioDirectX to market the CD to radio stations worldwide.

More recently, the CD ranked 52 on the top 100 albums of 2008 and 12th in the top roots/country albums for 2008 on Kamloops university and community radio station CFBX.

Next up for Kyllonen is a live performance at Kelowna’s Mountainstock festival, Saturday at 1 p.m. at O’Flannagan’s Pub.

All funds raised will benefit the Okanagan Victim’s Services/ Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society for Victims of Violence.

For more information, or to hear Kyllonen’s music, check out her Web site at www.paulinekyllonen.com.

Her CD is available at CD Baby, ITunes and Bering Music in Kelowna and Westbank.




- Vernon Morning Star Newspaper


Pauline's CD ranked #52 on the Top 100 albums of 2008 and #12 in the Top Roots/Country albums for 2008 on Kamloops university and community radio station CFBX.

http://www.thex.ca/radio8/charts/top1002008.php
- CFBX Radio, Kamloops, BC


This debut album from Vernon singer/songwriter Pauline Kyllonen is one that favours quality over quantity.

Its brevity (four songs) wisely doesn’t cause it to try to hit too many bases for a “showcase,” instead the disc stays mellow and earthy all the way through, Kyllonen’s throaty vocal and easy-paced songs steering clear of crap and posturing.

Kyllonen has attracted much notice for her roots/country sound, and one of her awards led to the recording of this short and sweet CD (self-titled, not eponymous!)

Judging by the tastefully warm production and super-solid musical support, it was a good move. There’s not a note or sound out of place. This quality, a sense of relaxation and restraint, gives Kyllonen’s songs a swing that is very subtle; felt rather than heard.

This even pacing and unhurried state also readily translates into purposeful vocal delivery, and confident performance from the backing group here (Shaun Verrault of Wide Mouth Mason, Pat Steward of Bryan Adams, and Doug Elliot of The Odds.) Justice is done to the songs, allowing that ever-elusive presence –– atmosphere, vibe, etc. –– to be welcomed to seep in through the tracks.

As noted earlier, there’s no waifish pretension to sidetrack the songs, and Kyllonen’s voice suggests western (as in B.C.) feeling and muted energy. This sound is ballad-driven (Rainbow Café) and her vocal wraps itself around the melodies with a dusty charm, reminiscent of Blue Rodeo’s ambient song-craft.

Kyllonen keeps to her unhurried pace, taking time to unfold and grasp the intended mood. Like A River slinks along like a long late afternoon spent in a desert-bound roadhouse. With the wind up, some tumbleweed whipping by and frosty bottles of beer, you’ll get the idea.

Dusky sounds drift through the music, and Kyllonen’s mature style follows the ambiance. She doesn’t overdo the impact by assaulting the senses. Her storytelling tone is honest and convivial, and seems meant to be heard in a reflective state, or it can easily induce this mood, wherever and whenever.
- By Dean Gordon-Smith - Vernon Morning Star


Pauline has been invited to play the 17th Annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival. Dates and Times to be confirmed. Check out their website at: http://www.mountainfest.com

Pauline's song on "Wasn't Thinking About You" broadcast on CBC's On The Coast - March 10, 2009
http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/ON_THE_COAST/20090310.shtml

"Rainbow Cafe" is receiving airplay on GiantFM in Penticton BC. You can equest it here: requests@giantfm.ca

Unlucky - March Choice Cut on Indie-Music.com
http://www.indie-music.com/bandsmain.php

Unlucky at #2 on Americana - Alt. Country Charts
http://www.indie-music.com/bands/chart.php?order=1&pagenum=1&pagebreak=20&&header_template=logo_headerALTCOUNTRY.tpl&row_template=chart_1_row.tpl&footer_template=logo_footer.tpl&genre=Americana+-+Alt.+Country

Unlucky #17 Overall Charts
http://www.indie-music.com/bands/chart.php?order=1&pagebreak=10&pagenum=2&header_template=logo_header7DAYS.tpl&footer_template=logo_footer.tpl&row_template=chart_1_row.tpl&chart_days=7

Rainbow Cafe #20 on
Americana - Alt. Country Charts
http://www.indie-music.com/bands/chart.php?order=1&pagenum=1&pagebreak=20&&header_template=logo_headerALTCOUNTRY.tpl&row_template=chart_1_row.tpl&footer_template=logo_footer.tpl&genre=Americana+-+Alt.+Country

Unlucky, Rainbow Cafe and Wasn't Thinking About You continue to be in the Top 10 Requested songs on Ville Radio's

Pauline is also receiving airplay on Brave New Frontiers
http://alleged-iguana.com/bnf/09-feb28.htm

Brave New Frontiers - progressive country and beyo
a weekly look at cool INDIE music, in the progressive country/pop mold. This show is broadcast on 8 New Zealand stations ... produced in Toronto, Canada with host Randall Cousins

Unlucky #2 on RadioINDY.com New Country Charts -
http://www.radioindy.com/chart.php?pagebreak=10&chart_days=7&genre=New+Country&showall=true&header_template=chart_header.tpl&row_template=chart_row.tpl&footer_template=chart_footer.tpl


- pk


Discography

SINGLES RELEASED TO RADIO VIA DMDS to date:

SINGLE - More Than Kiss (Released Jan 2012) – Released to commercial/campus/community radio, Canada. Reached #3 on DMDS "Most Active Indies" chart - Jan 2012
Playlisted on commercial/community/college radio in Canada.

SINGLE - If It Felt Like Christmas (Released 2010/2011) – Released to commercial/campus/community radio, Canada.
Reached #9 on DMDS "Most Active Indies" chart - Dec 2010. Playlisted on commercial/community/college radio in Canada

EP - Pauline Kyllonen (self-titled, released 2008) – Released to campus/community radio only.

Track 1: Unlucky
Track 2: Rainbow Cafe
Track 3: Like A River
Track 4 Wasn't Thinking About You

All tracks are currently receiving airplay locally/nationally/internationally.
Pauline's CD is available online at various music retailers, including:

CD BABY - http://cdbaby.com/cd/paulinekyllonen

ITUNES - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/pauline-kyllonen/id283774848

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Bio

Pauline Kyllonen (pronounced ke-low-nen) is an independent, alt-country singer/songwriter based out of the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. Her sound has been compared to artists such as Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo and Cowboy Junkies, to name a few. She is a member of Music BC, SOCAN (Society of Composers) and the NSAI (Nashville Songwriter's Association).

Her most notable performances include:

* Performance at the famous "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashvile, Tenn (September 2012). Attended NSAI "Songposium", sponsored in part by FACTOR, Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

*Opening for Barney Bentall and his roots group, The High Bar Gang (April 2012) in Kelowna, BC.

*Playing main stage at 2012 Sunfest Concerts on (August 2012) in Duncan, BC and sharing the stage with The Charlie Daniels Band, Kentucky Headhunters

* Performing at the 2009/2011 Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Little Big Stage and Songwriter's Round.

* Showcases at the 2009 and 2010 Vancouver Island Music Business Conferences.

* Has also been a featured independent artist on
the Chevy Cross-Canada Countdown on CMT (Country Music Television) Canada, which is broadcast to 7.8 million homes throughout Canada.

Since the self-release of her debut CD in 2008, Pauline has been busy performing at various venues around BC with her band or as a solo act. Her music has received some critical attention, along with radio airplay/sales worldwide.

In 2005, Pauline entered one of her first song compositions; Rainbow Café into the Music BC (MAP Program). It was this song that managed to win her 3 days of studio time at The Factory Studios in Vancouver, BC. In April 2008, she was finally able to go to Vancouver and record and produce her debut CD, which was released in June 2008.

Pauline was fortunate to be able to hire and work with some of Canada’s music "best" on her recent CD project. They include: John Maclean and Sheldon Zaharko of The Factory Studios, Pat Steward on drums (The New Odds, Bryan Adams, Matt Good...), Shaun Verreault on electric guitar (solo performer, Wide Mouth Mason), Doug Elliot on bass (The New Odds) and Tyson Naylor on keyboards.

As an independent artist, Pauline has been extremely busy, self-managing and marketing her career in music. She has been successful in receiving radio play on commercial/college and community radio nationally and internationally.

REVIEWS:

She may hail from Canada, but her sound is right out of Nashville. Suffice to say she's got the Folk/Americana/Country sound down pat and has the talent to make the most of it.

What sets Kyllonen apart from others is the simplicity with which she showcases the music. Her strong yet wistful voice is the main instrument on these tracks, never overwhelmed by complex instrumentation or too slick production. Think of a cleaner, less fussy musical version of Lucinda Williams and you'll be on the right track. By Nancy Dunham, Indie-Music Magazine.
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"Pauline's melancholy sounds bring Chris Isaak to mind, and they are the kind of tunes to listen to when sipping a cold beer or glass of white wine, most certainly on a balcony somewhere, alone, to immerse yourself in the images and emotions her songs conjure up."
- DJW, Mr. Neil's Blog, New York City, New York
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CD Review by Hyperbolium Music Blog - http://www.hyperbolium.com/2009/12/14/pauline-kyllonen-pauline-kyllonen/

Pauline Kyllonen is a country-rock singer from British Columbia whose 2008 debut EP opens with a gutsy rocker that favorably recalls ‘70s belters like Ellen Foley and Genya Raven.

Yet it’s ballads that appear foremost on Kyllonen’s song list, as the original “Rainbow Café” drops the romping electric guitar of the opener for pedal steel and a moving lyric of small town stasis and a life that’s passed by. She sings sweetly, reaching into her high register for the folk-jazz “Like a River,” bring to mind early Joni Mitchell, and closes with a ballad whose heavy drums and low organ match the power of her singing.

Kyllonen is served by solid arrangements that keep her strong voice and lyrics front and center. If Nashville were still interested in three chords and the truth, “Rainbow Café” would have already been snatched up by one of its current hitmakers.

As it is, this four-song EP is a good introduction for listeners and a great calling card to the lucky label who eventually signs Kyllonen.
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"It’s only a short EP, 4 songs, but this is one of those releases where a listener can discover a great deal. Kyllonen has a warm and intimate honey-smooth voice and sings with a melting ease. Even when she’s rocking out in “Unlucky”, there are no shrill bits; it all seems so effortless