Islaja: Pimeyttä kohti from Sami Sänpäkkilä on Vimeo.

Islaja is the recording alias of Merja Kokkonen, a musician and visual artist from Helsinki, currently based in Berlin. Her fourth album “Keraaminen Pää” will be released September 14th 2010 on Fonal Records. It bears witness to a shift in perception and execution; yet the thread that weaves it’s way through all Islaja’s work remains resolute, visible and intact.

Sami Sänpäkkilä has directed a music video for the first single “Pimeyttä kohti” released from the new album. It was shot with a crew of four people and almost zero budget. Read more about the shoot here:

Directed by Sami Sänpäkkilä

Light designer, gaffer: Alpo Nummelin
RED Technician, DIT: Petri Teittinen
Make-up, still photography: Gabriela Gonzaléz

Shot on location in Tampere, Finland with Red One digital cinema camera. Special thank you to Petri Teittinen.

Produced by Fonal Records (Buy album here:

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