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Jo Stance is a new project by upcoming Finnish vocalist Johanna Försti and drummer-producer Teppo “Teddy Rok” Mäkynen. With the release of the single “Hey Girl!” on in June 2010, they set up great expectations for the album now to be released by Helsinki’s Ricky-Tick Records.

Johanna Försti is a charismatic singer, who has been a mainstay in the Finnish scene for some time already, making a strong impact with her rare brand of charisma and impeccable vocal skills. Now coming up is “Jo Stance”, her first album proper. Jo Stance is a project co-produced, written, and conceived by Försti and Teppo “Teddy Rok” Mäkynen, the man behind Ricky-Tick’s lauded The Stance Brothers pseudonym.

The Jo Stance debut album introduces a sound that is instantly approachable, and at the same time deep and filled with innovation. The vintage mood is matched by first-rate songwriting and production by Försti and Mäkynen, who also play all the instruments on most of the tracks. On occasion, the duo gets some help from Ricky-Tick heavyweights like Timo Lassy (sax) and Jukka Eskola (trumpet).

The sessions for the Jo Stance project took place in 2009-10 at Mäkynen’s home studio, and the immediacy of the recordings translates well on the compact, organic groove of the tracks. From the hard-hitting grooves of tracks like “Changes” and “Sticky” to the delicacy of ballads like “No More Tears”, the album moves from one highlight to the next. No wonder, then, that the response to the LP in the duo’s native Finland has been truly remarkable among fans, journalists and industry people alike.

Soulful to the bone and with just the right amount of roughness around the edges, Jo Stance is a winner.


01. Changes
02. Hey Girl!
03. No More Tears
04. Gone
05. Tell Me / Girls
06. Mew & You
07. Sticky
08. I’ll Find You
09. Treated
10. Until Tomorrow
11. Stand Tall
12. Shout

The album Jo StanceJo Stance” (Ricky-Tick Records) is going to be released February 25, 2011.

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