Two cult recordings from 1998 / 99 of pure Nordic beauty for the first time on CD! Icy frostbitten portals of the early years are now once again open! Jääportit is a Finnish dark ambient / neoclassical project centered around Tuomas M. Mäkelä and has been active since 1997.
‘Halki lumisen metsän’ material is minimalist alike Mortiis, ranging from deep, cloud-like drones to almost oppressive militaristic percussion and harmonies, while ‘Kauan Koskematon’ is majestic yet mournful, a forever milestone in dungeon synth winter epic tradition of the 1990s’. Calm and tranquil yet bewitching and mesmerizing winter ambient.
A 6-panel matte-laminated Digipak with original images including the front cover by Aslak Tolonen (Nest) limited to 300 copies.
First ordes comes with an exclusive front cover A3 folded poster & sticker!
01. Askeleet Valottomuuteen
02. Kauan Koskematon
03. Unohdetut Lumouksen Unelmat
05. Tulensinisen Hohto
07. Hänen Jäätävä Katseensa
08. Kohtalon Sinetti
Halki Lumisen Metsän
09. Kulkue Varjojen
10. Vaellus Porteille Tuonelan
11. Läpi Lumimyrskyn
13. Jään Kirous
14. Sade Mustan Lumen
Calm, tranquil and soothing, yet bewitching and somewhat mesmerizing ambient is what have with JAAPORTIT. You know, when I’m listening to this MC, I immediately fancy myself being alone in a small house within the wintry forest; sitting near fireplace, having some whisky, with old, staunch dog lying near the legs of mine. This is not the kind of stuff to chill you, but it’s still extremely atmospheric. In contrast to most contemporary so-called “dark ambient” projects, the individual behind JAAPORTIT contrived to spawn all pro-done creation. He’s really good in creating arrangements, even though all compositions sound quite similar to each other; however, this kind of music is not the one where you have to be diverse. Besides aforesaid, it’s not monotonous at all, as it often happens with young Tolkien-fans eager to create suchlike stuff. Well-produced, coming with a nice looking artwork and layout, this cassette should be yours. At least, this is one of the best non-metal works I’ve heard lately (especially on demo level). Rating: 5 of 6