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    Paavoharju – “Yha Hamaraa ” – [Fonal Records]

    I think an interesting angle on this fine Fonal release is at
    times it sounds as if it were made by one person instead of
    the eight involved. It’s hard for me to conduct audiophoresis
    and separate out where one member ends and another begins, so
    that speaks of a divine communication in the band, really this
    release reminded me of Gerald Hawk’s sterling solo scramble of
    samples. Are the lead singers live or something stolen off an
    asian satellite feed? Actually they’re Finnish as befits Fonal,
    but their ephemeral pop rides like spores on the wind across
    continents. Born from brothers, Olli & Lauri Ainala, they’ve
    added much with vocalistas Soila Virtanen & Jenni Koivistoinen
    who bring an operatic longing in parts, warning whispers in
    others. This should be placed at weddings, in a cathedral of
    trees. The men-folk aren’t above helping with the singing
    chores as well, track 9 is an anthem you sing along with even
    though you have no idea what the words are. This is a collective
    that counts, big band that values its little moments. Too bad
    it wasn’t released on a 78 rpm for your wind-up gramaphone,
    that is where it would sound best. Love it. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 13, 2006 at 4:56 pm
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