The song for yesterday (as it’s well over 1 AM already here and I’m soon going to bed with Misha 😀 ) is by Finnish band called Poropetra, whom I got to know via my friend Jacek from Helsinki about whom I’ve written here multiple times already. He was a great fan of them and showed their music to me saying that “this is something perfectly for you”. At first I thought he was joking, I mean when I heard them, because in fact my first impression was that their music is… quite funny, like awkward, I don’t know how to put it really. I dont know, there’s still something funny about it for me. It just made me laugh back then and still does sometimes. But he was serious, and in time I realised that indeed I like them, despite that I thought they are funny, in a little weird way. Their songs also often regard various old Finnish deities and such (like this one), while I am Christian, but after consulting this with my Mum it seems to me that it’s not in such an invading way, and I guess there’s nothing wrong with their music from the Christian point of view. Why do I like them? Because they sound so weird, because the founder member of the band – Juha Jyrkäs – plays kantele (it’s such a Finnish harp, kind of, it’s called harp but as you can hear it sounds differently, more clangy) and does throat singing or overtone singing, because they sing in Finnish, because their music is a blend of two genres I like – folk and rock, – and probably I could also find something else as a reason why I like them, so you have to agree that’s a lot. This is my favourite song by them, although you won’t hear Jyrkäs’s throat singing here, maybe I’ll post something else from them another time so you can hear how weirdly wonderful it sounds, or you can look it up on your own if you’re very curious, and no, it’s not like Mongolian or Tibetan overtone singing. The group is apparently inspired by Siberian and Karelian music, and while I don’t have any idea about the above, I guess even I can see it because their music is very different from other Finnish folk/folk rock bands and has a different feel. As for Luonnotar, it’s a different name used in referrence to Ilmatar, and Ilmatar is Finnish virgin spirit of the air, mentioned frequently in Kalevala. Oh and Jacek told me that poropetra in Finnish means some type of elk, but I’m not sure if that’s true and reliable, although it should be haha. I’m curious what your impressions will be. 🙂
Finally, it’s time to put something in Finnish on here, as Finnish is one of my favourite languages. Finland has given us tons of fantastic rock bands, but the one I want to show you today, although is definitely well-known and successful in Finland, I believe is barely known outside of their home country. They’re really good and they’re called Haloo Helsinki! which means just hello Helsinki. I really like their vocalist – Elli Haloo (Elisa Tiikalainen).
The song I want to show you though is kinda rap-ish because it’s made in collaboration with another Finnish band – JVG – which is a rap band. I am not a huge fan of rap, unless it just speaks to me, but I do like to listen to foreign language rap sometimes, I mean in some really “out-there” languages, sometimes even those in which I don’t speak a single word like Greek or Hebrew, whatever, don’t know actually why I like doing it, but so it is. 😀 And I guess Finnish is also such a language for some, anyways you rarely hear it anywhere else than Finland, Sweden or Norway. So yeah I like this song a lot and I like the fact it’s rap-ish.