Paavoharju ‎– Laulu Laakson Kukista

Fonal Records ‎– FR-55LP
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Pimeänkarkelo 3:52
A2 Kevätrumpu
Voice – Marja Ainala
A3 Tuoksu Tarttuu Meihin
Violin – Toivo Rolser
A4 Italialaisella Laivalla
Bass – Antti "Arwi" Lind*Keyboards – Jari PaukkunenViolin – Noora Silvennoinen
A5 Alania
Vocals – Michael Jamson
B6 Uskallan 3:17
B7 Ursulan Uni 2:33
B8 Kirkonväki
Vocals – Kristin Evensen Giæver*
B9 Salainen Huone 1:04
B10 Tyttö Tanssii
Double Bass – Ilkka VesiojaVocals – Ville Leinonen
B11 Sumuvirsi
Violin – Toivo Rolser
B12 Untitled 1:01

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©+℗ 2008

Record housed in a printed inner sleeve.

Tracktitles listed sequentially on side A label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (As printed): 7 332 181 019 346
  • Barcode (Scanned): 7332181019346
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Stamped): B825042-01 A1 MK
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Stamped): B825042-01 B1 MK

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December 25, 2008
I'll admit - it took me more than a few listens to get into Paavoharju. I almost dismissed the album completely, but my readers kept insisting that I give it another whirl. And here it is, Laulu Laakson Kukista, opening its intricate secrets after careful observation. The crackles, the noises, the lo-fi magnetic tape manipulations dispel, and the inner beauty of modern classical marriage to neo-folk emerges. So how do I begin describing something that is indescribable. An assembly of illusions scratching at deep rooted memories of childhood, a collection of conflicting elements settling into a unique pattern of a snowflake, a kaleidoscope of loose material patched together into a summer dress that is being hung up to dry in a sunlight by a humming villager. Between the digital artifacts and purely organic ambient hymns you find something... spiritual... revived through simplicity of a pure song. And after a few listens it is that song that draws you closer towards Paavoharju's mystical sound. Laulu Laakson Kukista is the second LP from a collective of Finnish born-again Christians initially organized by brothers Lauri and Olli Ainala. Their first LP, titled, Yha Hamaraa, came out on the same label, Fonal Records, in 2005. The group is not a stranger to the scene, and since their debut, Paavoharju landed an EP on Miasmah as well as a 7-inch on Type Records. It's nearly impossible to draw a comparison between Paavoharju and any other artist, but if I was pressed, I'd perhaps point towards the abstract experimental and psych-folk work from Boards of Canada.