An expanding foray into Finnish music.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wimme Saari is a yoik singer from Finland (Samiland). Yoik singing is similar in sound and intonation to some of the Native American chants and singing, evoking a plaintive intense quality. His voice is finely honed, and he sings against a backdrop of modern Finnish music as well as ambient sounds, or percussive effects. The music is interesting in its own right, as well as being a good showcase for Wimme to sing against. Recommended for those who wish to seek out new worthwhile dimensions in world music."
Groundbreaking, though not trendsetting
I X Key | tomorrow | 03/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wimme mixes the ancient with the modern, & does it very differently from anyone else I've ever heard do it. The cd starts with water & a long, misty, high note. From there the traditional joik chanting is great, the electronic ambiance is pensive with clear definition, some rhythms in the course of the cd are interesting & slow. They feel good. The cd as a whole is an incredible debut. Wimme has a real trademark sound."