Voimasuo – Reviews

Written in English

 

JÄÄPORTIT – Voimasuo CD (Epidemie)

Voimasuo is the latest album from this project, which is basically the one-man band of Tuomas M. Makela, who plays all of the instruments (bass, synths, drums, electronics, etc.) save for some vocals and violin contributed by Mindy. It’s the band’s most accomplished recording to date, seven songs of dark heavy kosmiche bliss that reach out for nearly an hour, opening with the frozen arctic winds and delicious Yes-style synthesizers that introduce “Tuulten Tuoja/Bearer Of Winds”. Shortly after it begins, though, a throbbing bassline appears, playing a simple pulsing riff underneath the meandering psychedelic keys, slowly creating a doomy groove that is eventually joined by a skittery drum loop. It starts to turn into a kind of menacing propulsive electronica, the dubby breakbeat snaking through the layers of analogue synths and the heavy, distorted bass. Towards the end, the beats become more abstract and sparse, and a doleful violin enters in for a few moments and plays a melancholy melody before everything kicks back in forcefully into that amazing hypnotic groove, with the violin still playing over the doomy, krautrocky electronica, and eventually fades out in a cloud of Tim Hecker-like melodic fuzz. That first track by itself makes the album for me, but that’s just the beginning.
“Arvoitusten Luona/Close To Mystery” begins in lightless Lustmord-style dark ambience, a slow glacial drift of subterranean shimmer that is joined by another menacing bassline along with a weirdly distorted IDM rhythm. This forms into a slow moving groove that falls in and out of space and is bathed in occasional shafts of melodic light as airy New Age keys flutter down across the creepy bass and percussive skitter, like a dubstep Bohren & Der Club Of Gore maybe, mixed with washes of Vangelis-like synthesizer bliss.
Neither of these preceding tracks achieve the propulsive momentum of “Suon Sulaessa/Thawing Swamp”, however. An eerie, almost Western sounding synth-guitar riff is played over reverbed flute sounds and waves of old-school prog synth while an actual drumbeat kicks in, playing a simple propulsive beat joined by bits of abstract dubstep skitter and electronic texture. Slowly, an utterly gorgeous and majestic melody begins to take shape, and the song turns into this epic krautrock/space rock jam with Hammond organs, lush droning synths, Rhodes-like electric piano, violins and that hauntin sun-baked riff, part newer Earth, part Tangerine Dream, part John Carpenter, all awesome. There’s a break in the middle where the instruments drop out and there’s just a wash of blissed-out ambience, and then everything falls back in a minute later, but this time the melody has taken on a darker sheen, the bassline is more distorted, the sound slightly metallic, the drums heavier and more pummeling, but it’s still breathtakingly beautiful, like some secret Earth/John Carpenter collaboration suddenly unearthed.
It just gets better and better. “Hengenvaara /Mortal Danger” is the sole track to feature vocals, which appear as Mindy’s dreamy croon run through some kind of subtle vocoder effect. The song starts off with soft ambient sounds and pulsating electronic beats, but then kicks into a sinister slow-motion motorik groove joined by lashes of wailing psych guitar and trails of Hammond organs and Moogs. Again, there’s a definite John Carpenter synth-score influence here, even though the song itself becomes a kind of dark, gothy kraut/pop. Then “Sudenkuoppa/Wolf Pit” drifts in on a dark fog, delivering one of the albums more abstract moments. Jazzy distorted bass and searing pitch-black psych guitar crawl over swells of ominous syntheszier and a hypnotic drum pulse, with more flecks of dubby electronica appearing at the edges…this is one of the album’s darkest and heaviest tracks as well, a very Sabbathy vibe here, especially when it slows down noticeably halfway through, those wild streaks of wah-drenched guitar building in intensity, and a huge doomy synth riff drops in, suddenly turning it into a weird combination of old school doom filtered through an alien prism of kosmiche krautrock and psychedelic electronica.
“Muuntuva Suoja/Transforming Aegis” opens with a pure Carpenter-style keyboard riff mixed with tense violins, but then the full instrumentation kicks in with another stunning trance-inducing krautrock groove, but with the strange addition of those sad, folky violins swirling with the spacey electronics and throbbing bass guitar…Zombi fans will LOVE this song, it’s like something off of their Cosmos album infused with European folk. And it leads right in to the last track, “Katoaminen Tornissa/Disappearance In Tower”, which feels like it’s just an extension of the previous song, with that same propulsive drumming and layered synths and dark throbbing bassline, only now the feel is again darker, heavier, more menacing. The song winds through that throbbing motorik groove into stretches of dark ambience and back again to a massive synth/bass riff that starts to sound like Blue Oyster Cult covering Klaus Schulze, and finally picks up speed torwards the end as everything breaks into an AWESOME loping prog rock freakout that finishes the song out in a glorious cloud of celestial synth.

Oh, man! This could have easily been our album of the week. An amazing dark prog album that mixes together all of my favorite sounds of this sort, Goblin and Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter, Klaus Schulze and ASh Ra, but with strangely metallic and doomy bass guitar and some seriously heavy drumming navigating these sprawling kosmiche jams through interstellar space, and tossing in weird elements of dubstup sputter and post-rock grandeur and seriously dark ambience to make something that’s totally retro and vintage sounding on one hand, sound strange and new on the other. Absolutey, unquestionably essential to fans of Zombi, Steve Moore, Scott Hull’s Requiem and Guapo, hell, everyone that loves dark spacey prog will want to listen to this repeatedly! Highly recommended.
Comes in a six panel full color digipack, and limited to 600 copies.

Written by CRUCIAL BLAST, August 18th 2009.


JÄÄPORTIT – Voimasuo

Release:  05.12.2009
Label:  Epidemie Records
Avantgenre:  Psychedelic Rock / Ambient
Duration:  52:38
Origin:  Finland

A while ago this Finnish band has caught my interest with its interpretation of Ulver’s “Gnosis”, delivering one of the more atmospheric cover songs on “My Own Wolf”, thus I grabbed the promo CD of the band’s latest album “Voimasuo” which translates to “Vigor Swamp” and deals with the slow (?) melting of ice upon a moor (as far as I understood from the info sheet).

The record company files this release under “Electronica / Post-Rock / Ambient” and describes it as “musical labyrinth definitely worth exploring”, so you may ask what’s inside this maze and at what risk you enter it. I can reassure you that it’s not dangerous at all to leave the melting ice gates behind and to walk without weapons into the softly shimmering blue zone, at least not if you like being befuddled by calm psychedelic rock. First of all the music of Jääportit sounds handmade to me and it reminds me of the time when music was still more an act of discovery than an act of consumption; a time when the first scratch of the record player’s needle on the vinyl went along with a mixture of curiousness and pleasant anticipation. Indeed some groundbreaking experimental artists come to my mind while I listen to “Voimasuo”, especially Bo Hansson (“Tuulten Tuoja”) and Jean Michel Jarré (“Muuntuva Suoja”), but keeping in mind that it’s actually 2009, I can only state that Jääportit has nothing really groundbreaking to offer, nevertheless we get seven euphonious songs of dreamy, soft, melancholic rock music, here and there close to Porcupine Tree (especially the drum pattern in “Suon Sulaessa”), yet it’s somehow Finnish to the bone. Although the music style is different, the overall mood isn’t too far from early Decoryah or This Empty Flow, and Nest might be quite close in more than one regard. The music is mainly done by Tuomas M. Mäkelä who obviously likes a song to develop peacefully – there’s no need to hurry through a maze if Jack Nicholson doesn’t follow you and the ice melts anyway…

All in all this labyrinth offers nothing extraordinary or thrilling to the experienced listener of this specific field of music, but the handmade character of the music is without doubt charming and as far as I can conclude from the band’s homepage all of the artwork has been painted by violin player and vocalist* Mindy M. Heinonen which adds a special aura to the music (*she sings in one song, the rest in instrumental).

Thor Joakimsson/ Avant-garde Metal, 12.07.2009 / 15:18:26

 


JÄÄPORTIT
‘Voimasuo’
EPIDEMIE

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 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.

8/10 points

-Will Stone, Terrorizer nr. 188


JÄÄPORTIT – Voimasuo

After three years of waiting Finnish band JÄÄPORTIT has finally a new record out. Mastermind Tuomas T. Mäkelä, in the meantime supported by Mindy, musically as well as for graphical matters. Additionally she adds her voice, to exactly one song on Voimasuo (Hengenvaara), as she did on one song on the previous album too.
As it was already to sense out on Avarrus, JÄÄPORTIT go on in developing their sounds. Tuomas departs more and more from the Ambient genre, ranging now in wider musical fields, expanding styles and influences. Guitars dominate these days, harsh synths and even drum work is to find. The dreamy Ambient soundscapes of the debut Uumenissa only shines through every now and then.
Voimasuo displays a distinct soundtrack character. I feel always again reminded of the movie Near Dark (by Kathryn
Bigelow) Voimasuo would perfectly suit to (what doesn’t mean that you can musically compare Voimasuo with the original score by Tangerine Dream…)
The Finns got harsher, edgier, in a very charming way. Not spectacular but well done. I really like this record.

Rating: 8/10

Written by Dajana at Nocturnal Hall on May 12 2009.


Jääportit – Voimasuo

This Finnish experimental project Jääportit is again handing us a refined digipack album with their fourth release, in which Tuomas Mäkelä and Mindy are again enriching the current age of dark music. The music Jääportit makes is best described as slow music, with a good sense of tragedy. People enjoying ambient music, but also fans of doom should set their targeting scope to firmly keep track of this duo working through the Czech Epidemie Records label.

Jääportit makes music that crosses a gap between the tragic and melancholic sounds of doom and post-rock, and connects it to the dreamy and relaxing nature of ambient music. It’s definitely not pure doom metal, since the sounds are way too high to be as such, neither is it ambient in it’s purest form, because the sounds need too much focus upon it. Tuomas Mäkelä is using the guitar’s sound in such a way, that you get eluded the instrument is coming alive, or if you want to look at it the other way around; that the instrument is dying and making a last cry. Mindy is grabbing the violin on this album and sings in one of the songs. The rest of this 52 minutes long release is instrumental material.

The songs take up a large span of time, and in general the sound of a guitar is using up all the song’s length, as if it is one very long guitar solo. The way it is done however, is such that this is unlike an over-virtuoso hat of tricks. It’s rather the same concept you can hear in lots of soundtracks. Tuomas Mäkelä is giving you goose bumps by using a lot of guitar harmonics. Also the project emphasizes on other sounds such as the violin, but also upon a bass part that seems to have gotten influenced on by Jazz music, considering the way tension curves get their place in the music.

The music is atmospheric and lightly somber in nature. It reminds to Ulver’s work, and Burzum’s work from prison. Every song knows how to get your attention by starting off by delivering a cold atmosphere of synths, bass and drums. The album’s guitar play is really freehandedly composed; this makes the sound go all kinds of directions. The drum lines signal every change in musical curve. This makes you focus on the music, and try to predict the next musical move. Personally I did it just slightly wrong every time I first heard the tracks. Another thing I might add is that this Voimasuo album features influences from trip hop and very atmospheric soundscapes that are amazingly well-written, and intelligent in nature.

This album features music that doesn’t let you fully escape into a dream world, but grabs your attention every ten seconds during every track. The songs on this album are quickly lasting seven minutes. Especially the songs “Muuntuva Suoja” and “Arvoitusten luona” get their way to one’s inner hearing quite well, because of their eerie tone, but the other songs are also well composed and are good relaxing material with an edge of sadness.

Band: Jaaportit
Label: Epidemie Records
Genre: experimental (experimental / avantfolk / avantgarde / electro-acoustic)
Type: cd
Grade: 8/10
Review by: Hazzard, Gothtronic


JÄÄPORTIT – Voimasuo

A while ago this Finnish band has caught my interest with its interpretation of Ulver’s “Gnosis”, delivering one of the more atmospheric cover songs on “My Own Wolf”, thus I grabbed the promo CD of the band’s latest album “Voimasuo” which translates to “Vigor Swamp” and deals with the slow (?) melting of ice upon a moor (as far as I understood from the info sheet).

The record company files this release under “Electronica / Post-Rock / Ambient” and describes it as “musical labyrinth definitely worth exploring”, so you may ask what’s inside this maze and at what risk you enter it. I can reassure you that it’s not dangerous at all to leave the melting ice gates behind and to walk without weapons into the softly shimmering blue zone, at least not if you like being befuddled by calm psychedelic rock. First of all the music of Jääportit sounds handmade to me and it reminds me of the time when music was still more an act of discovery than an act of consumption; a time when the first scratch of the record player’s needle on the vinyl went along with a mixture of curiousness and pleasant anticipation. Indeed some groundbreaking experimental artists come to my mind while I listen to “Voimasuo”, especially Bo Hansson (“Tuulten Tuoja”) and Jean Michel Jarré (“Muuntuva Suoja”), but keeping in mind that it’s actually 2009, I can only state that Jääportit has nothing really groundbreaking to offer, nevertheless we get seven euphonious songs of dreamy, soft, melancholic rock music, here and there close to Porcupine Tree (especially the drum pattern in “Suon Sulaessa”), yet it’s somehow Finnish to the bone. Although the music style is different, the overall mood isn’t too far from early Decoryah or This Empty Flow, and Nest might be quite close in more than one regard. The music is mainly done by Tuomas M. Mäkelä who obviously likes a song to develop peacefully – there’s no need to hurry through a maze if Jack Nicholson doesn’t follow you and the ice melts anyway…

All in all this labyrinth offers nothing extraordinary or thrilling to the experienced listener of this specific field of music, but the handmade character of the music is without doubt charming and as far as I can conclude from the band’s homepage all of the artwork has been painted by violin player and vocalist* Mindy which adds a special aura to the music (*she sings in one song, the rest in instrumental).

-Thor Wanzek, Avant-garde Metal on 12.07.2009 / 15:18:26.


JÄÄPORTIT – ‘Voimasuo’

EPIDEMIE
It is truly rare to find an artist whose music allows the listener to temporarily zone out from the stresses that plague our modern lifestyles. However, Finnish electronica/post-rock group (keyboard smartarses) Jääportit have found a way to do just that with a predominantly instrumental album, and the end result is a real treat. Now on Epidemie Records, ‘Voimasuo’ (Vigor Swamp) has songs that make fans of ambiguous and experimental electronic sounds piss their pants with excitement. ‘Tuulten Toja’ (Bearer of Winds) will please a wave of skater kids who can listen intently while lying in bed, smoking with the lights off; it has that much delicate, graceful ambience. Saying this, the mindful wishwash does become quite monotonous after a while, and by ‘Katoaminen Tornissa’ (Disappearance in Tower) said skater kids might feel like discarding their cigarettes and taking to the bathtub for a self-harming session instead. Worth a listen while you’re having one of your more… deep moments though.
[7]
-MATTHEW BLOW, Terrorizer on Thu, 16/07/2009


Voimasuo – arvostelut suomeksi (in Finnish)

Jääportit – Voimasuo

Jääportit on allekirjoittaneelle erittäin tuttu yhtye. Ensimmäisen kerran laitoin bändin – tai silloisen yhden miehen projektin – nimen korvan taakse noin kymmenen vuotta takaperin. Ensimmäiset kuulokuvani koin kuitenkin vasta toisen albumin, Uumenissa (2004), myötä. Levy esitteli itsensä melkoisen puhdasverisenä ambientina ja olikin lajityyppinsä varsinainen valioyksilö ja levyhyllyni vakiotavaraa heti ostoprosessin jälkeisen ajankohdan myötä. Seuraava levy, Avarrus (2006), toi mukaan jo rytmisiä käänteitä, enkä tuolloin oikein tiennyt, pidinkö silloisesta linjasta enemmän kuin aikaisemmasta. Koin pähkäilyn turhaksi ja nautin vain hyvästä musiikista odottaen seuraavaa pitkäsoittoa.

Odotus onkin palkittu ruhtinaallisesti. Ensimmäinen reaktio on melkoisen täydellinen yllätys, jota seuraa kummallinen katharsis, joka kestääkin levyn koko reilun viidenkymmenen minuutin mitan. Jääportit on kehittynyt selkeästi joka osa-alueellaan. Rumpuohjelmoinnit ovat aikaisempaa huomattavasti ammattimaisempia, sävellykset parempia, soundimaailma entistäkin elävämpää… listaa voisi jatkaa lähestulkoon loputtomiin. Henkilökohtaisesti koen albumin sopivan tilanteeseen kuin tilanteeseen, mutta ehdottomasti parhaimmillaan se on rauhallisuutta huokuvan ulkomaailman suomissa puitteissa, jolloin levyn jokaisen nyanssiin kykenee keskittymään paremmin.

Ylisanojen kirjoittaminen on ikävystyttävää ja niiden lukeminen kenties vielä sitäkin tylsempää. Näin ollen pyrin olemaan sanoissani lakoninen ja toteamaan, että Voimasuo on vuoden 2009 levyistä allekirjoittaneelle mahdollisesti SE levy. Kaikille, jotka kykenevät nauttimaan musiikkinsa myös kiireettömänä ja tunnelmoivana, voi Jääporttien uusinta suositella varauksetta. Voimasuolla lyövät soljuvasti kättä niin myöhempien aikojen rock-fiilistely, pinkfloydahtavuus, loungahtavat rytmit, brianenomainen ambient-tunnelmointi, kuin myös oikeastaan moni muukin asia. Viulisti/laulaja Mindy – joka on myös vastannut Jääporttien kansitaiteesta vuodesta 2003 lähtien – ei ole ainakaan heikentänyt Jääporttien ilmaisuvoimaa. Sanoisinpa, että jopa päinvastoin. Sivuhuomiona mainittakoon, että Jääportit on niitä harvoja yhtyeitä, joiden levyjä voisi hankkia pelkän kansitaiteen perusteella levyhyllyä taikka muuta irtaimistoa koristamaan. Tälläkin kertaa myös tämä ulkomusiikillinen puoli on erittäin vakuuttavaa jälkeä.

Pisteet: 5/5

-Ville Muona, Stalkermusic, 30.06.2009


Jääportit – Voimasuo

Jääportit on yhtye joka hämmentää edelleen, vielä viisi vuotta sen jälkeen kun törmäsin ryhmän Uumenissa albumiin. Tuona aikana Tuomas Mäkelän projektina aloittanut Jääportit on kehittynyt, kasvanut, muuntunut sekä vahvistunut. Tätä nykyä orkesteri on oikein duo, kun Mindy on liittynyt mukaan vahvuuksiin.

Elektronisen ambientin puolihämärissä seikkaileva Jääportit pistää kuulijansa koetukselle heti kättelyssä. Albumin avaava yksitoistaminuuttinen Tuulten tuoja kasvaa hiljaisesta alkuhuminasta vahvaksi pienoisteokseksi, jossa yhtyeen tutut vahvuudet esittäytyvät yksi kerrallaan. Mestarillinen tunnelman luominen harvoja elementtejä käyttäen, minimalistiset mutta tarttuvat sointukuviot, juuri oikeat soundit sekä äänet. Mäkelän Midaksen kosketus soundien suhteen on suorastaan mystinen, silloinkin kun kappale ei tunnu menevän enää oikein mihinkään.

Verrattuna bändin aiempiin tuotoksiin Voimasuo on selvästi rockimpi, tai ainakin post-rockimpi levy. Vangeliksista on siirrytty kuin huomaamatta lähemmäs Recoilin industrial sävytteistä electronicaa, jossa on myös nähtävissä selkeä pop-rock sävy. Ei tässä vielä mitään radiosoittolistoja valloittavaa olla tehty, mutta siihenkin löytyy jo selkeää potentiaalia. Pohjimmiltaan sävellykset ovat äärimmäisen tarttuvista aineksista tehtyjä vaikka niitä onkin venytetty miltei loputtomiin. Mindyn viulu tuo kokonaisuuteen persoonallista virettä ja neidon laulua olisi kuullut mieluusti muillakin raidoilla kuin ainoastaan instrumentaali-kuvion rikkovalla Hengenvaaralla. Upeaa kuultavaa elämän hiljaisempiin hetkiin, jolloin on aikaa syleillä rauhaa ja rikkoutumattomuutta.

Pisteet: 4/5

-Mika Roth, Desibeli.net, 17.06.2009


Reviews of Voimasuo written in Czech

Jääportit – Voimasuo [CD]

Jääportit, projekt Tuomase M. Mäkely myslím není třeba nijak zvlášť představovat. Po úspěšném, tři roky starém albu Avarrus přišla letos na svět placka jménem Voimasuo, příhodně v době těsně po či během jarního tání. Přijde na to jak moc severně se člověk nachází. Pro našince, který se tou dobou peče div ne na třicetistupňovém vedru pak rozhodně není k zahození. Tak vesele vyražte ven ze zatuchajícíh příbytků, pohodlně se položte do trávy, bezpečně zpoza slunečních brýlí zabořte zraky do plujících mraků a nechte se unášet libými tóny čerstvého kotoučku „ledové brány”.

První kousek o sladké porci jedenácti minut dozajista uklidní a navodí tu správnou atmosféru bezčasí. Mysl pohlcena tajemnou melodií se tak může ubírat vlnami temnějších tónů, které pravidelně překrývané jemným vydrnkáváním přechází v melodičtější „Suon Sualessa“, v níž kromě strun dominují bicí a houslový smyčec. Postupně rozmrzající močál začíná navozovat atmosféru smrtelného nebezpečí „Hengenvaara“, vyznívající ovšem spíše pozitivně, díky citlivě zdigitalizovanému zpěvu Mindy, která má jako již tradičně na svědomí výtvarnou stránku obalu a na Voimasuo se zhostila i houslových partů. Tak jsme se okouzleni nechali jejím hláskem slepě zavést až do vlčí jámy. Ohromená duše stojí strnule uprostřed kruhu zlověstně blikajích očí a neví co počít. Zdánlivě se nic neděje, ač rezivějící strojek chronogramu kmitá bez tikání dál. Záchrana transformovaná v nasládlou melodii přichází právě včas vytrhnout skomírajícího ducha z málem smrtelné letargie, aby našel ztracený úkryt ve věži věčného soužení.

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Verdikt:

Voimasuo oproti předchzím počinům Jääportit vyznívá nadmíru pozitivně. Všudypřítomná temnota se tu ředí spíše na šedavé šero a slouží pak jako celkový podkres, než-li ústřední tahoun náladotvorna. Ač se to může zdát na první poslech neuvěřitelné, Voimasuo patří ke kouskům hudebního ambientu, který vás rozhodně neuspí, ba naopak – s pokročilým večerem dokáže zafungovat jako černá káva. Při práci nutí k přemýšlení, při odpočinku dokonale uvolní. Co víc si přát. Jediné co snad postrádám, je text čtvrté skladby, který by se jistě na kartonu modravého minimalistického obalu krásně vyjímal.

Hodnocení čtenářů: 9
Hodnocení autora: 8.86

Provedení: 10
Produkce: 9
Originalita: 8
Texty: —
Booklet: 8

-Sudlice, Innocence Music , 10.06.2009


Jääportit – Voimasuo

Celé tři roky trvalo finské dvojici JÄÄPORTIT, než si pro posluchače připravila zbrusu nové CD – od roku 1999 v pořadí již třetí. Všechny tři počiny, „Uumenissa“, „Avarrus“ a Voimasuo“, nespojuje jen jednoslovný název ve finštině, ale i malby. Všechny má na starost Mindy, tedy členka kapely. A je vidět, že má svůj neopakovatelný charakteristický styl, neboť vtiskla JÄÄPORTIT určitý druh svojskosti a také autentičnosti.

Hudebně je JÄÄPORTIT velice zajímavý a rozličný, „Voimasuo“ však zachází oproti ostatním albům ještě dál. Tuomas začal poměrně dost experimentovat a zkoušet zakomponování zkreslených kytar i hlubokých basových linek do ambientního standardu. Rázem se tedy dostáváme z „pouhé“ ambientně atmosférické hudby někam až k hranicím post-rocku, pokud budu hodně přehánět. Ačkoli je většina skladeb instrumentálních, lze zaslechnout i hlas Mindy, která hudbu čas od času obohatí stejně dobře jako trefně zakomponované housle. Ono celkově jsou housle nástroj, které dělají z jakékoli hudby něco nadpozemského a neuvěřitelně harmonického, ale jejich využití musí být perfektně sladěno s okolními zvuky, ruchy a nástroji. V tomto směru tedy pro JÄÄPORTIT jednoznačný palec nahoru. Ačkoli se během skladeb vystřídá pravidelně až neobvykle moc motivů, stále si „Voiumasuo“ drží určitou specifickou náladu nejen jako celek, ale i jednotlivé kompozice. Takže zatímco se jednu chvíli ocitáte ve víru tichého a pokorného ambientu, v další skladbě před vámi „vybouchne“ atmosférická hra, kde prim nehrají ambientní složky, ale různé pokusy s kytarou, pochody bicích atd. Jindy se dostane zase mixu obou tváří JÄÄPORTIT. Ať však budete poslouchat jakoukoli část alba, pořád bude atmosféra něčím povědomá a přitažlivá. Ano, i s mnoha pokusy se dá vytvořit ucelená hudba.

Nutno podotknout, že vše není tak ideální, jak se mohlo z předchozího odstavce zdát. Ony experimenty si někdy šlapou samy na paty a je vidět, že Tuomas možná chtěl víc, než by bylo možno pojmout. Nemohu soudit objektivně, jestli se jedná i o problém alb předešlých, protože jsem obě neslyšel, ale cítím z JÄÄPORTIT veliký talent, který ale zatím není rozvinut plně ve všech rovinách. Tak i tak bych ale „Voiumasuo“ jen doporučil, protože nejen, že podobnou hudbu ve stáji českého labelu nenajdete, ale i co se světového měřítka týče, mnohou JÄÄPORTIT směle bojovat o své postavení pod sluncem. Nedostane se vám ničeho, z čeho mrazí nebo přechází mysl, ale je to vskutku příjemné a silné album.

K recenzi poskytl: Epidemie Records

Hodnocení : 7/10

Napsal: Fastred, Morten Zine, 07.06.2009