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RootsWorld's Music of the Month for May, 2018
Solju
Odda Áigodat (New Times)

May's selection is the second time I have chosen music from the Sami lands of northern Scandinavia. This time around, it is a mother and daughter singing and joiking team of Ulla Pirttijärvi-Länsman and her daughter, Hildá Länsman, calling themselves Solju.

Ulla Pirttijärvi is familiar to many who follow the music of this part of the world, having forged a long career in both folk and art music circles, bringing the voice of the Sapmi people to the world. Her daughter adds a more contemporary voice to the mix on this new album, Odda Áigodat (New Times), where they are also joined on some tracks by throat singers, percussionists, cello, bass and some keyboards, and members of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. At the heart of it is always the sound of the unique and mesmerizing vocal technique called joik and songs in the Sapmi language. They present raw, primal folk music, gorgeous folk songs and some outer-fringe new sounds throughout the recording.

Listen to some samples from the album:

"Boyfriend-to-be"

"Reindeer Driver"

"New Times"

"Aimejoga Jovana"

"By the reindeer herd"

"Some Day"

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The artists say:

Solju is formed by Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, who combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music. Solju provides a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. Solju is proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world.

Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland. The listener is taken to the far north of Europe: Sápmi.

Solju soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace. The music can be described as vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, and genuine.

Solju’s debut album Odda Áigodat (New Times) is produced by Samuli Laiho and Teho Majamäki, mixed by Riku Mattila and featured by Czech National Symphony Orchestra – strings, Paavo Lötjönen – cello, Mikko Neuvonen – throat singing and Janne Puurtinen – synth bass, synth. The album consists of self­penned material

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