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Instinct - Solo Joik


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Audio CD, April 6, 2004
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The first thing to establish about this collection is that anyone who prefers cultivated gardens over wildflowers or would rather vacation at a resort than sleep rough in the wilderness will probably flinch at the raw, pungent power of these 34 unadulterated solo Sami (indigenous tribes of Scandinavia who were formerly known as Lapps; they call themselves Sapmelas) joiks (chants). Wimme Saari has done other, more commercial albums but for this outing, he has chosen to hark back to the traditions of his ancestors, hardy people who worked as reindeer herders, artisans, fishermen and hunters amid a punishing Northern climate. His rough-edged incantations often veer off into overtones as he describes making coffee over an open fire, cutting a hole with a chainsaw for ice-fishing, or laments how inadequate words can be when describing deep emotions. The enhanced CD includes three videos of the artist outdoors, singing his heart out. --Christina Roden

1. Morning Coffee
2. Noon
3. Instinct
4. The Meat Pot
5. I Stall
6. The Butterfly
7. Govdda
8. The Cold And Frosty Wind
9. Speechless
10. I Know Myself
11. To Have To
12. The Ice Hole
13. Sakari Kukko
14. The Shore
15. White Clouds
16. The Berry Mound
17. Father
18. June
19. Orbis-Niku
20. The Wild Youth Of Rostu
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Northside Records
  • ASIN: B0001MMGHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I X Key on July 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD of solo yoik is a way different idea from the direction Wimme Saari's career had taken until now, & is a perfect example of his true talent. This is my favorite of all the solo yoik music I've heard. It is definitely a modern CD, but resonates with all the power of so much beautiful tradition which clearly touches Wimme so deeply. Somehow it almost makes me cry without making me sad; it's just so intensely tender, caring, beautiful. But not sappy. Don't get me wrong. This CD is thick mist & frost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very haunting & beautiful music. I really got lost in the joiks and traveled in my mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pine Breeze on March 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you've never heard Sami-type music, this may sound weird to you.

It is a very centering, non-emotion-grabbing music. It's peaceful chanting. It's like a human bird singing. Be ready to go deep into being...
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