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    Islaja “Palaa Aurinkoon” [Fonal]

    This must be the sound that hibernating animals hear telling
    them to claw through the ice and snow back to sunlight. It
    starts with faint toy piano tinkering under a prayer of sorts.
    Islaja is a Finnish femme intoning that prayersong. Her voice
    is a warm whispered remembrance of the sun shining through
    icy keyboards, bare-tree guitar scrumbling and other bits of
    cold, crystalline sound from various Kemialliset brothers and
    sisters helping out. On “Rukki” her voice becomes both a fly
    buzz and then a phone-call-from-beyond singing ahh-eee-o-ah,
    ah-eee-o-ah. Regrettably on other tracks the lyrics are as
    wordless to me, as I speak not a lick of Finnish. Using a
    translater, I just found the title may mean “burn sun” (but
    this is not to say “paivetys” or sunburn) still I stick with
    the notion that this has that chill of other free folk from
    Finland (and the fine Fonal label). Most songs melt slowly
    the title track has little Terry Riley keyboard spirals and
    a clap and stomp rhythm. We’ve got to track down her first
    release. Tune in, turn on, snowdrop out.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 8, 2005 at 11:29 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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