The first time I saw Liima was a year-and-a-half ago. It all happened in an old barn converted into a studio that was hidden in the middle of a forest of a rural Finnish countryside. It was a warm summer night and I had had a couple of drinks as I sat by the train station, watching trains disappearing into the sunset while waiting for the festival bus to take us to the mysterious location of the gig.

Back then, Liima were still an experimental project; a commissioned artwork that brought four friends together for a ten-day residency executed by the creative director of Our Festival Pekka Kuusisto. For a week-and-a-half, the band experimented on items found inside a traditional Finnish summer cabin, turning them into makeshift instruments and truly embracing the DIY spirit. Back then, there were no names, no song titles, no Liima - merely the raw magic entwined within the more or less impromptu creative bursts of musical bliss. Fast forward to now, and I still find myself in awe of the innovative vigor of the Finnish-Danish foursome.

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Bathing in the purple light shone upon them, the band kicked things off with 'Your Heart', the first track from their recently-released debut album, ii. The audience was soon introduced to the playful soulfulness of their sound. Casper Clausen's hypnotising vocals became beautifully juxtaposed with drum lines produced by Tatu Rönkkö and his DIY drum kit consisting of an ironing board, a jam jar, and three small steel pans.

Eloquently shifting between songs from the album, the band stitched up a collage of sounds inspired by the four countries the album was written in. It reflected the musical innovation embedded within the work of Liima, that is intelligent yet lacking pretentiousness. As Clausen said to me before the gig, Liima should not be seen as a concept but as a creative, living and breathing organism that is born out of a symbiosis formed between the performer and the audience. This became increasingly evident as the band added the products of their latest residencies into the set list, thus developing the live experience gig after gig.

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As the night drew closer to its end, the band had mesmerized the audience with the natural vigor and innovation scattered along the sonic landscape presented in Leeds. Finishing the set with 'Amerika' just before the encore, Liima managed to encapsulate the adventurous and spirit found in all of their work.

"The water makes you sick/ in Amerika," Clausen sang. It was a bittersweet satire of the idealisation of a nation aiming to be "great again". The glossy image is torn apart with a single line yet it is done gently. As the band vanished behind the stage, a magical sense of exploration lingered within the venue. It was the same feeling of wonder that I recognized from their first ever performance. Something was certain: Liima are in fine form and without a doubt, one of the most exciting projects in music.