HAUNTED BY HALLUCINATIONS
Guitarist Petri Toikkanen, who graces the liner notes of nearly all The Soul Investigators (Home Cooking, Keep Reachin’ Up) releases, as one of the formidable composers of the musical group, makes the debut of his project Haunted By Hallucinations with the self – titled album on Herakles Records.
The group was founded by Toikkanen & drummer Laura Könönen as they composed their songs through hypnotic jam sessions, with bass player, Jussi Oskari. The genre that sets the tone for this LP is the psychedelic cousin to that of metal and stoner/psychedelic doom. The phasers and flangers of stoner doom would be replaced with heavy doses of delay on Toikkanen’s personal genre of psychedelic rock. Toikkanen’s playing has textures of surf, harking the legend of surf, Dick Dale, together with blues, a prototype of Rock & Roll and progressive rock with Goblin-like synths pads. Toikkanen’s main instrument is a Fender Jazzmaster. Laura Könönen is also a visual artist, whose main medium is sculpture, has supplied the LP cover artwork with one of her paintings.
The album is produced by Jimi Tenor & Nicole Willis.
Petri Toikkanen, also known as Pete, was born in 1978, and raised in Espoo’s Matinkylä, has been said to be a genius. His elusiveness may be said to be one of the trappings of hyper – intelligence although it might be determined otherwise. Listening to LP, one may come to appreciate the artist and his vision. Although the project attributes the composition work of the band mates, Könönen & Oskari it seems that the band is most heavily driven by Toikkanen, himself. The track Winter expresses the full brutality of the long Finnish winters that begin in the darkness of November and lingers till the final remnants of snow melt slowly in May. Tracks like Haunting do as the title describes, both grim & melodic, these tracks are the pillars of the album Haunted By Hallucinations while the other tracks serve as lintel beams, creating it’s own genre with full competence.