Abyss (A Prelude to Lake)


A 10 track ambient album (45m 5s) — released August 9th 2019 on We Jazz

Drummer/producer Teppo Mäkynen presents a new album by his lauded trio ensemble 3TM in 2019. Before the second 3TM album "Lake" comes "Abyss", a collection of 10 ambient pieces laying the groundwork for the upcoming album. This prelude album is a full-bodied work in itself, a glorious and somewhat mysterious LP which brings forth yet another shade of multifaceted Mäkynen's musical vision. The 10 compositions on "Abyss" feel like the discovery of life and movement in deep waters, where only the rare shades of light breaking through indicate that another world exists above the surface.

"Abyss" will be available as a clear vinyl edition, on tape and digitally, and both as a standalone album and as a bundle with the upcoming 3TM trio album "Lake".

Teppo "Teddy Rok" Mäkynen is a drummer/producer from Helsinki, who works at the centre of the lively jazz scene in Finland. His work includes projects such as 3TM, The Stance Brothers, Teddy Rok Seven and the new duo with sax player Timo Lassy. Mäkynen also plays drums in several highly-regarded ensembles such as Timo Lassy Band, Aki Rissanen Trio, Jukka Eskola Soul Trio, Verneri Pohjola Quartet, Nicola Conte Jazz Combo, plus many more. As a producer, his work has been highly regarded in projects such as 3TM, The Stance Brothers, and the albums of Timo Lassy and Jukka Eskola.

Liner notes:

"The abyss is calm. The deeper you go, the less it matters what the situation is like on the surface. Windy? Rainy? Perhaps there's ice? Or maybe it just melted away. It will be calm in the abyss. The temperature on the surface changes constantly, and that movement makes the abyss something cold and hostile (in the summer) or reliable and, in a way, cozy (winter). Creatures get smaller the deeper you go, but they are no less significant. And perhaps way down at the bottom there's a bigger fish lying about, or a crab feasting on something dead. Their movements are contrasted by the lack of events taking place in the depths. It seems that everything just is. And every little thing counts. The lake adapts to different circumstances. That affects the abyss, too, but when you just take a quick look, you might not see it. Freeze frame for a moment and you will discover the beaty of the abyss. And its peace."

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