Photo: Kaisa Rautaheimo
Saxman Mikko Innanen is one of the most successful Finnish jazz musicians. Along the years, he has claimed almost all jazz prizes there are in Finland, and internationally too. Innanen is one of those musicians, who always has many irons in the fire, and spends more time on the road than at home. The other pieces of the PLOP puzzle are by no means lesser busy: bassist Ville Herrala and drummer Joonas Riippa are equally acclaimed and you can hear their intense basslines and passionate rhythms in a great deal of Finnish front-row jazz acts.
PLOP have release three albums on Finnish Fiasko Records. Debut, An Sich came out in 2009, followed by Per Se in 2013. The newest piece of PLOP-art, Unicorn, saw daylight in 2016 and was immediately loved by the audience and the critics, for the fresh yet funky, electronic touch. Others were naturally put off by the use of Ville Riippa's effects and Ville Herrala's electric bass, and accused the album be "too light-weight" or "happy". Well, if an avant-garde jazz band gets their cover art influences from Nightwish, maybe they are not trying too hard to please everybody.