Soliti is delighted to present the debut EP from Ocelot
Mä voin ottaa sun ikävän pois from Ocelot has landed
Emilia Pennanen from Ocelot recounts the story of how the EP came together and the songwriting process.
I started to write these songs with piano and vocals around 2010-2011…. Ikävä was one of the first songs I wrote – I guess the song is about longing for something to happen while you are kind of stuck in the middle of depression, anxiety and frustration about the future before going to college. At the time I was in between studying photography and creative writing; more precisely – poetry, so I was in the mood for writing and experimenting with different ways to make music, sing and play piano. Very raw, clangy, angsty and kinda irritatingly fun. Sonically I was interested in creating repetitive powerful piano chords and free flowing melodies with voice. This was the time when I also was about to move to the UK and later USA, which is why I started to write songs in Finnish – I wanted to write them just for myself, really.
Finally after forming the band with Johanna and Satu in 2016 the songs saw daylight. I had written the songs with a lot of space for other elements, so when we arranged the songs with bass and drums, that’s when the songs really came together, sounding full and complete. During these years I have been listening and thinking how the simplest elements give the strongest emotion when making music, texts or art. Such a cliché I know, however, sometimes it’s just like that.
3. Sä et saa mua
4. Sun oon