Islaja - Palaa Aurinkoon

Palaa Aurinkoon

Islaja

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
Download Album (mp3) 11 tracks £5.99
Download Album (flac) 11 tracks £6.99
Download Album (wav) 11 tracks £6.99
Download individual tracks   from £0.75

Description

Islaja - Palaa Aurinkoon

Islaja masters the elements of our universe one by one
or maybe the sea and the sun are embracing Islaja, it
must go both ways but there, where all this happens,
the listener is received with clattering sounds of
paradise and drowned by surprise in a swell that
stretches all the way to the dark rock bottom. What's
down there? Fight the rotten faith so it'll wither
until it hardly exists, believe it! Islaja shows the
way of rhythm, no it isn't a straight one, the way of
chant, it can't be foreseen. Textures evolve into new
ones. Scabby rhythms spin socks on feet, skin burns
into ashes in the attacking heat. Senile wine glasses
wail of happiness. Fallen off beard hair are woven
into a scarf that lets the wind blow fast right
through it. If only life would be like this more than
just an hour at a time! After everything the sun
blesses the way with Islaja's words, it spits out of
its system the wet and transformed listener, who longs
for the light again.
Lau Naukkarinen

Reviews

Tiny Mix Tapes

With all of the different scenes and sounds in this experimental music scene, it is good to have a unifying faction, and Finland's Islaja is just that. Islaja blends everything from peers Avarus' penchant for using toy instruments to Jandek's sparse/disjointed guitar to Fursaxa's ethereal female vocal stylings into a wholly original sound that is both haunting and utterly beautiful. Palaa Aurinkoon is the band's second release and one of the foremost documents of the budding Finnish experimental music scene. Virtually no track on the 11-song collection sounds like another in form or style, but the album works as a whole. The British folk clang of "Uni Pöllönä Olemisesta," with its dual, meandering vocal layers, leads into the dreary, piano-led space chantey "Palaa Aurinkoon," all the while never sounding chopping or sacrificing the pace of the album. The band even manages to sneak the gothic "Senjun Tanssitaan" into the mix.

One of the most striking things about Palaa Aurinkoon is band leader Merja's vocals. Merja's voice acts as the perfect compliment to the sparse instrumentation, lending melodies that tug the listener along without getting lost in their minimalist approach. For example, the repetition of a rough-hewn guitar sound on the song "Rohkaisulaulu" sounds like a Jandek reinterpretation of classic Spanish guitar, but as soon as Mejara's voice chimes in, the guitar takes on the duty of a percussion instrument to Mejara's whispery piping. Everything about Palaa Aurinkoon is beautifully strange, from the Finnish vocals to the sparse and inventive instrumentation. It is, however, highly accessible and -- to quote another scene unifier, Ed from Eclipse Records -- highly recommended. 5/5
reviewer: s. kobak

Tracklisting

Download Album (FR-36)
  1. Islaja - Laivat saapuu
  2. Islaja - Rohkaisulaulu
  3. Islaja - Uni pöllönä olemisesta
  4. Islaja - Palaa aurinkoon
  5. Islaja - Haaveilija
  6. Islaja - Senkun tanssitaan
  7. Islaja - Sateen tullessa
  8. Islaja - Rukki
  9. Islaja - Tule puutarhaan
  10. Islaja - Vaeltajan laulu
  11. Islaja - Rukous

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Laivat saapuu 2m 56s £0.75
2 Rohkaisulaulu 4m 24s £0.75
3 Uni pöllönä olemisesta 4m 10s £0.75
4 Palaa aurinkoon 5m 6s £0.75
5 Haaveilija 3m 12s £0.75
6 Senkun tanssitaan 3m 34s £0.75
7 Sateen tullessa 4m 21s £0.75
8 Rukki 3m 44s £0.75
9 Tule puutarhaan 3m 53s £0.75
10 Vaeltajan laulu 3m 9s £0.75
11 Rukous 3m 50s £0.75
Entire MP3 Download Album (11 tracks) £5.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME using the '--preset extreme' VBR setting, providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Laivat saapuu 2m 56s £0.75
2 Rohkaisulaulu 4m 24s £0.75
3 Uni pöllönä olemisesta 4m 10s £0.75
4 Palaa aurinkoon 5m 6s £0.75
5 Haaveilija 3m 12s £0.75
6 Senkun tanssitaan 3m 34s £0.75
7 Sateen tullessa 4m 21s £0.75
8 Rukki 3m 44s £0.75
9 Tule puutarhaan 3m 53s £0.75
10 Vaeltajan laulu 3m 9s £0.75
11 Rukous 3m 50s £0.75
Entire WAV Download Album (11 tracks) £6.99

flac downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Laivat saapuu 2m 56s £0.75
2 Rohkaisulaulu 4m 24s £0.75
3 Uni pöllönä olemisesta 4m 10s £0.75
4 Palaa aurinkoon 5m 6s £0.75
5 Haaveilija 3m 12s £0.75
6 Senkun tanssitaan 3m 34s £0.75
7 Sateen tullessa 4m 21s £0.75
8 Rukki 3m 44s £0.75
9 Tule puutarhaan 3m 53s £0.75
10 Vaeltajan laulu 3m 9s £0.75
11 Rukous 3m 50s £0.75
Entire FLAC Download Album (11 tracks) £6.99
FLAC format technical details:
These FLAC tracks are superior to MP3 in that they are compressed without any loss in sound quality. For further technical details or player tips, visit the Help section