1998: Finlandia 3984-23072-2
This is among other things a beautiful album to watch sky and birds to. Kirkonkellot is especially beautiful, being an almost Cubist portrayal of Finnish churchbells at times I find it rapturously consuming, and then it brings a flood of tears of joy to my eyes. Im also arrested by Ruskova in particular, as well as the gracefully emotional (and deceptively named) Polskaa and its lush expansions, which I find profoundly moving; there are musical dramas presented which compel me quite intensely. Laulu is an entirely appropriate followup, a much simpler and more somber afterthought to the intensity of Polskaa, and it brings us back to the albums gentler level.
Id enjoyed his work as a member of the Finnish group Loituma, but what a treat it was to get a whole album showcasing his magical kantele playing, especially on Kirkonkellot and Polskaa. What a fantastic musician . (On a less lofty note, Timo is awfully gorgeous.)
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.