Moomins are weird. I mean, yeah, cute – fine.
But weird, too.
It somehow didn’t surprise me at all when a Google for ‘Moomin Lovecraft’ immediately produced this beauty:
Though there does seem to still be a gap in the market for some decent Moomin-Cthulhu Mythos fanfiction.
This is, of course, a long-winded and 20JFG way of bringing up the recently-rediscovered Moomins soundtrack, which sold out upon being issued by Finders Keepers this year. This is what the label had to say about the release and its origins:
“Imagine, if you will, a foreboding homemade electro-acoustic, new age, synth driven, proto-techno, imaginary world music Portastudio soundtrack for a Polish-made animated fantasy based on a Finnish modern folk tale and created for German and Austrian TV, composed in 1982 by two politically driven post-punk theatre performers from a shared house in Leeds!
“To even the most perspicacious and adventurous of alternative music fans the genuine bloodline of this previously unreleased record already begins to sound like an entire record collection in one sitting. It would be surprising if this project’s ambitious and exotic credentials didn’t tick at least one box on your musical matrix and without one drop of unnecessary nostalgic hyperbole this project already sounds like the perfect fantasy record that you’ve never heard. Alternatively we could just say The Moomins and, for many, things would instantly begin to make perfect sense.
“From the same social landscape as Gang Of Four, The Mekons and Impact Theatre Co-operative – armed with a Wasp synthesiser, an ocarina and a cassette of the Robinson Crusoe music taped off the TV, Graeme Miller and Steve Shill used minimum means for maximum mayhem, instilling over 35 years of dreamlike illusory fuzziness and freakiness into the memories of a generation of school age TV addicts waiting for the next 5 minute fix of outernational fuzzy felt folklore. Collected here, all in one place for the first time, Finders Keepers in close collaboration with the original composers finally bring the original homemade micro-melodies and reintroduce them to a musical landscape where fans of vintage electronics, concrète tape effects, pocket percussion and domestic synths are finally ready to be reunited with the magnetic music of Moominvalley.”
Proto-techno might be pushing it, but it’s a pretty cool and uncanny example of a sort of lo-fi bedroom-recorded Radiophonic Workshop years before that thing was even A Thing.
Works best if you don’t go rewatching the cartoons, obviously, and instead just remember these weird, subtly scary creatures haunting your TV every night when you got home from school smeared anew with the charming, naive, unheimlich sounds of this album.
Buy The Moomins from Finders Keepers
Moomin Cthulhu by Moreeni