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Seleniko
Varttina
Seleniko
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music
 
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Varttina is a nine-member Finnish ensemble featuring four female singers and a five-member folk string band. The emphasis is clearly on the dazzling vocals of the four women, who sing in perfect parallels even as they boun...  more »

      
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All Artists: Varttina
Title: Seleniko
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Xenophile Records
Release Date: 10/5/1993
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, Europe, Scandinavia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 048248400626

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Varttina is a nine-member Finnish ensemble featuring four female singers and a five-member folk string band. The emphasis is clearly on the dazzling vocals of the four women, who sing in perfect parallels even as they bounce through the brisk tempos and syncopated rhythms. All 14 selections on this album are either traditional Finnish folk songs or reworkings of original materials. There are obvious parallels with Celtic music, which originated in a similar latitude, but Varttina's harmonies have more of a Slavic character. What really makes this album such a triumph is not only the sheer beauty of the harmonies but also the personal emotion the women put into their vocals. --Geoffrey Himes

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Neo-Finnish folk music with a twist
Brianna Neal | USA | 12/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Varttina's debut album for the Green Linnett/Xenophile label, "Seleniko" is the folksiest of the group's releases. Traditional Finnish melodies and strident female folk-singing are successfully blended with instrumental accompaniments that combine Scandinavian, Celtic and modern elements. More laid back and accoustic than some of Varttina's later work, "Seleniko" celebrates the band's traditional roots. Topics of the songs, sung in Finnish with English translations provided, are the stuff of all traditional folk music--love, courtship, marriage and drinking. The acapella song "Sulhassii", accompanied only by hand claps, is particularly fun, gaily encouraging young girls to accept a suitor. "Hyva Tyttona Hypata", on the contrary, warns girls to remain maids so they won't have move into a stranger's house and fawn on a mother-in-law. This simple song is arranged with a modern feel to it, building and evolving as the verses progress. All in all, "Seleniko" is an impressive and innovative debut with the promise of much more to come! Varttina's next, "Aitara", kicks it up a notch, while the solo release by lead singers Sari and Mari Kaasinen, "Can We Have Christmas Now?", delves more deeply into traditional Finnish music."