Puuluup sings about wind turbines, heroes from Polish TV series, fat cakes and the uncomfortable feeling that your neighbour’s dog might try to bite you while you take out the trashFoto: Pastacas
Ramo Teder - talharpa, vocals, looper and effects pedals
Marko Veisson - talharpa, vocals, effects pedalboard
The postfolk duo Puuluup directs the vibrations of talharpa’s horsehair strings through effect blocks and a looper, using alternative bowing and drumming techniques and sounds. The mellow sighs of the talharpa are paired with electronically amplified echoes, knocks, creaks and crackles, while still maintaining the instrument’s natural sound.
Puuluup sings about wind turbines, heroes from Polish TV series, fat cakes and the uncomfortable feeling that your neighbour’s dog might try to bite you while you take out the trash.
The talharpa is a bowed lyre, popular in Northern Europe since the early Middle Ages, and was played on Western Estonian islands until the early 20th century. Puuluup approaches the talharpa’s bowing technique and repertory playfully by borrowing and mixing motifs from different musical traditions.
The music may have a dancing beat, or resemble a dark film soundtrack, spy around in the chambers of ancient talharpa players, or travel to faraway lands. The duo draws inspiration from Vormsi island nights, trams in November, junkies in love, criminals from Odessa and Antonio Vivaldi.
Puuluup gave its first concert in spring 2014 and was nominated for best newcomer by the Estonian Traditional Music Centre in 2014 and for best new folk group in 2015 and 2016.