The internationally acclaimed Finnish six-piece group Okra Playground is releasing their highly
anticipated third album on Friday, October 28, 2022. The group’s music is a combination of
traditional Finnish folk, electro and pop–rock, where three mighty female voices, present-day lyrics
and hypnotic rhythms create an energetic and relentlessly electrifying sound.
The themes on ITKU focus on change, growth and opposites. “The songs deal with such global and
societal issues as war, pandemic and mental health. Many of the songs were created already before the
recent big tragedies which speaks for the timeless nature of the subject matter. Change and growth are
heavily present on the album – in the end, there’s light to be found even from the roughest of
situations”, says group member Päivi Hirvonen about the album.
The songs on the album are written by the band members Päivi Hirvonen, Maija Kauhanen and
Veikko Muikku; each also part of the production team. The songs were conceived working both alone
and together in dedicated co-writing sessions. Compared to their previous albums, the lyrics on ITKU
are more dominantly penned by the band members themselves, while the centuries-old texts of
traditional runo singing still serve as an inspiration. As with the band’s earlier albums, ITKU is
produced by Sami Zimmermann. Recording, mixing and editing is done by Samuli Volanto.
GENRE: World Finland