Din Jalonen: "F-105" has just released its second album, F-105 II: Side B. Our first self-titled F-105 album had a lovely folk-waltz about my Finnish grandparent's emigration from Finland to Canada "Viljo and Elsa".
Meriläinen Müsic Inc. is excited to announce the release of the 2nd album by F-105. F- 105 II: Side B
Both sides of the album are to be recorded live-off-the-floor to be as honest as possible to how they were developed live and on tour over a 3-year period.
This collection of songs is a direct result of two life changing experiences for Din - touring the world in 2018-19 with shows in clubs and festivals across Canada, the U.S. and Europe (in support of the debut F-105 album), followed by the Covid-19 lockdowns and the resulting isolation. With this contradiction, the songs organically developed to tackle questions of looking inward to yourself, as well as reflecting on where life has taken you and your place in this universe. This theme was further fuelled by turning to daily meditation during the pandemic. The emotional experiences expressed in the songs are real, as is the influence of the locations mentioned. These compositions are a tuneful, introspective and unique approach to singer/songwriter/roots music. Din (formerly of The Soles), with his raw, expressive vocals, is the talent behind F-105. Din released 5 albums with The Soles, performing hundreds of shows and festivals across North America, and garnishing multi-national radio play, including on Sirius XM. As F-105, he released his first album in 2018. The lead track “Rebel Girl” made its debut on national CBC radio on July 21, 2018. It also received critical acclaim with Din’s global Star Wars fandom fan base - with wide coverage on popular Star Wars podcasts, which resulted in a headlining performance at Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019.
Marc Meriläinen - The creator of the multi-award nominated NADJIWAN project has come full circle with his new musical direction. From a Finnish and Ojibway background, Marc has tried to embrace both culturally and musically. This new project incorporates the best of both worlds sonically and musically. Marc uses traditional Finnish folk guitar tunings and instruments like the kantele and the jouhikko alongside modern beats and Aboriginal style vocables combined with Finnish lyrics. This is a unique style and tone that cannot be heard anywhere else. Over the past 15 years, Marc has performed across Canada and the United States at various festivals, venues and events including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.