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“An infectious, toe-tappingly enjoyable collection… Fans of the movie, and jazz in general, will get a huge amount of satisfaction from this feel good album.” (Review Graveyard)

Swingers (Pessi Levanto)

MovieScore Media once again teams up with Pessi Levanto, the composer of Oma maa, to release his groovy swing comedy score for the aptly titled Swingers. Co-written and directed by Pamela Tola, the Finnish film is a raunchy comedy about four couples spending a weekend at a swinger’s retreat. Although they are at different points in their relationships, all four of the couples get their faithfulness tested and who knows if all of them manage to survive the resort intact…

“Given the topic of the film, I felt that it was an obvious choice for the music to be swing,” explains Pessi. “Since my education and background is in jazz music, I felt comfortable to use this style. I played the piano myself and gathered some of the best jazz musicians in the country for the sessions. Maybe the music is more hard bop in the end than strictly swing stylistically, but I believe the groovy overall sound serves the film quite well. There are some more serious parts in the film but me and the director didn’t want to show the characters any mercy by using music which would make the viewer sympathize with them. Thus there are some rather dark moments but we deliberately went against the picture and use groovy jazz on top of these to mock the characters and make fun of them even more.”

Pessi Levanto has scored eighteen full-length feature films, around thirty short films and documentaries plus miscellaneous spots and commercials. He has released seven records of his own and played in and done arrangements for dozens of others. His credits include the romantic comedy Body Fat Index of Love (2012) and the family adventure Rölli and the Golden Key (2013) and The Swedish Moment (2014). Besides his film work, Pessi is a sought-after arranger. His project Classical Trancelations with the Helsinki Philharmonics, had sold-out shows of orchestral versions of club music classics. His score for Oma maa is also available from MovieScore Media and the label is planning on releasing many more by this talented composer.

MMS19001 SWINGERS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by PESSI LEVANTO
Release date (digital): February 8, 2019

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