1997 – the beginning
Jääportit was started by Tuomas as his solo project in the northern parts of Finland at the autumn of 1997.
First demo “Halki lumisen metsän” (self-published, 1998) and cassette album “Kauan koskematon” (Noitavasara, 1999) introduced the music style of Jääportit as simplistic darkwave or synth-ambient created in a vein of Mortiis, Arcana and Dead Can Dance, just to name few.
“Musically as I’ve already said Jääportit creates very dreamy, mysterious, harmonious, beautiful, soothing, ambient/neo classical like compositions. Even though everything is synthesized, Tuomas has a keen ability to create very elaborate pieces of music on Kauan koskematon. Each piece has the ability to take your mind to its own little world and tells you a story along the way. This release also features some stunning artwork done by Aslak Tolonen from the Finnish band Nest. The artwork depicts a shadowy traveler walking through the snow during a cold Finnish winter, under a dark gloomy sky, and the bright moon shining down on them. The music and the artwork go perfectly together, and as previously stated the music can take you into this dark icy landscape and you can become that traveler as you listen.”
Written by JJM, Lunar Hypnosis
2004 – Uumenissa
Tuomas has always made experiments with the sounds, find different ways and develop his approach to the creation of music. Next album “Uumenissa” (Firebox Records, 2004) contained dreamful frostbitten ambient music, painted with soothing electronic synthwaves, atmospheric and cosmic sounds.
“On Uumenissa you will find many different sounds interwoven, reminding me of artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dreams and Patrick O’Hearn. All wrapped into a cold, very dark and mystical atmosphere, making me feel that the best place on earth is now the North Pole, sitting down there, deeply hooded and watching the wafting Northern lights. Uumenissa is the perfect background music when the upcoming autumn nights are cold and you can smell its mysteries, where the shadows open the gates into astral worlds. It even opens the dark side to your soul, giving you the peace you might have been looking for and calming you down. Everything around becomes unimportant. Uumenissa is like helping you to find the way to yourself. You can hardly wrap your feelings into words while listening to this hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing music. Outstanding album!”
Written by Dajana, Nocturnal Hall Magazine
Participation to compilation album “Sonic Visions of Middle-earth” (Foreshadow, 2005) contained 15 minutes long Jääportit song called as “Sydänyön samooja syvällä unten mailla ja metsien soilla” that was drawing inspiration from J.R.R.Tolkien’s stories. Session musician J-M Kenttälä was asked to play the acoustic guitar for the song.
2006 – Avarrus
The 3rd full-length Jääportit album “Avarrus” (Epidemie Records, 2006) kept on the line of musical experiments as it had more rhythmic elements, electronic beats and percussion, than the earlier releases. Album contained more detailed, sophisticated sounds and violin played by Mindy. The albums story was carried along and afar by sound stream recorded from a live environment.
“Avarrus has 5 tracks consisting of quite organic sounding ambient with long-stretched drones and the usage of acoustic instruments such as a (manipulated) guitar, sound bowls and piano. Furthermore you’ll hear cold sounding synths and warm sounding flutes. With at times a very nice build-up in tension, with rhythms that set in, and make it resemble filmmusic and ambient-triphop from the ’90s. The atmosphere on Avarrus is dreamlike. Somehow this reminds of the later albums of Ulver, but of Boards of Canada as well. Curious? Check for yourself as Jaaportit surely deserves the attention.”
Written by TekNoir, Gothtronic
2007 – Gnosis
Jääportit took part on another compilation album “My Own Wolf: A New Approach to Ulver” (Aspherical Asphyxia, 2007) and created personal version of Ulver’s song “Gnosis”. This time Vesa Partti was asked to play electric guitar and Mindy to sing the vocals.
2009 – Voimasuo
Jääportit finished its 4th full-length album titled as “Voimasuo”. Album was released as CD Digipak by Epidemie Records on the 12th of May, 2009. This wide-ranging album introduced another metamorphosis of Jääportit as combination of ambient electronica with the touch of frosty post-rock flavours. Music was created at Kajekammio, Finland during 2006 to 2009. Besides playing the violin on the album, the voice in the song “Hengenvaara” was sang by Mindy.
“There are only a handful of artists who can produce meticulous and intelligently crafted ambience. We all know what the likes of Brian Eno, Peter Christopherson and Brian Williams are capable of, but few are aware of Finland’s Jääportit. ‘Voimasuo’ is testament to the second-to-none material that Jääportit produces, with artwork by violinist Mindy M. Heinonen completing the concept as a soundscape for Finland’s eerie ice-coated climate. Opener ‘Tuulten Tuoja’ is like hurtling into a psychedelic abyss of prog-rock ecstasy. The intensity of the music is inexplicable and wholly overwhelming, with an Ozric Tentacles-style riff that will please progressive metal fans. Elsewhere ‘Hengenvaara’ is gentler and provides the album’s only lyrics, before ‘Sudenkuoppa’ and ‘Muuntuva Suoja’ bring it back to the celestial rock-ambience. A work so technologically adept it’s not of this time.”
-Will Stone, Terrorizer
2010 – Kuihtuman Henkivi
Compilation album YOGSOTHERY – Gate I: Chaosmogonic Rituals Of Fear, being the first in a trilogy of compilations dedicated to Mr. Harold Lovecraft, was released by I, Voidhanger Records in 2010. Album includes Jääportit with a long track called Kuihtuman Henkivi, which was originally made between years 2005 to 2007.
Kuihtuman Henkivi lacks of beats and sounds quite different from all other material. It was made to stand out as individual release of horrid tribute to the famous writer.
2018 – Jääportit
New fifth full-length Jääportit album titled as “Jääportit” was released at 8th of February, 2018. In a way, it’s a journey back to the roots, but still bringing out new, using all the experience gained during the years. For this album, Tuomas created everything by himself from composing music to designing album covers. It was deliberate choice to do it alone – to maintain the aspect of loneliness and diy-spirit in the work as it was back in 1997, when he started this project. Only now guitar was more involved than before and all songs were built around guitar riffs. Sound is less “dungeon synth” and more “post-rock” in a way.
Read more news from the Jääportit website site along the way.