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Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Varttina
Title: Kokko
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 10/15/1996
Release Date: 10/15/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, Europe, Scandinavia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075597942927, 075597942941

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Varttina Invent Experimental Finnish Folk-Rock
M. Hartman | East Coast, Etats-Unis | 11/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My first exposure to Varttina was via Seleniko, which remains their strongest effort in my opinion. Seleniko was straight-forward Finnish folksong being performed by a band that had clearly consumed large quantities of New Wave and Techno sounds. Kokko is Vartinna's first attempt to bring folk and modern sounds together. It works stunningly well. Varttina attacks the material with giddy abandon, trying to fit intimidating polysyllabic finnish phrases into 4/4 measures. There is something delicously disorienting about the poly-rythms that result from this mixture. This all sounds rather academic, but this is simply fun music. I find it wonderful stuff for dancing, sure to please even your Great Aunt Helga from Minnesota who loves Polkas. I was a bit disappointed to see a lack of movement from the audience when I saw them in Virginia in 1997. The band seemed a bit dismayed as well. This is great music and a good time. The pure folk beauty that was so enchanting on Seleniko remains and is mixed with modern rythms to produce a truly impressive sound here on "Kokko"."
Intense, compelling and delightfully different!
Brianna Neal | USA | 12/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finnish neo-folk group Varttina continues their musical evolution in this 1996 Nonesuch release, developing a more modern sound while retaining the distinctive, strident folk-singing style of traditional Finnish music. Like Varttina's previous album, "Aitara", most of the songs on this recording were written by members of the group. This is my favorite of their albums--primarily upbeat and cheerful, but with a satisfying depth as well and a graceful blending of a wide variety of world music elements--Finnish, Celtic, African, Middle Eastern, rock and jazz. The title of this album means "eagle", and I like the variety of the release as well as the power and maturity of its sound. Varttina's previous CD was "Aitara" while their next is "Vihma". If you like the sound of Varttina's singers, particularly on the last track, "Emoni Ennen", you may also enjoy the work of Bulgarian women's choral groups in such albums as "The Magical Voices of Bulgaria" by the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble."
Music that sticks to the roof of your ears
Andy Agree | Omaha, NE | 06/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first discovered Varttina when my wife got me the world music Cliff Notes CD called "Planet Soup", released in the mid-90s, and that led to my purchase of this one. It is delightful, funny at times, very pop, but still with strong Finnish folk elements, refecting their origins as a band. I once heard their singing described (with a nod to legendary 60s producer Phil Spector) as a "wall of girls" - right on target. To me the dominant characteristic of this music is its ability to lodge in your brain. You will say "I can't get that song out of my head - PLAY IT AGAIN!" For me this is especially true of "Ottajat" (Track 3), my favorite. What ear candy! My second favorite is "Pyat", (Track 5), the only instrumental, the folkiest cut of all, but also just about the rowdiest - kind of a Finnish hoe-down. Its best moment is toward the end, when the soprano sax plays long, eerie and mournful notes above the dance beat, like the northern sun setting on a wild Finnish party."