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LTJ-14 Pekko Käppi: Bubnit sebje pod nos


Pekko Käppi: Bubnit Sebje Pod Nos Pekko Käppi: Bubnit Sebje Pod Nos



1. kymmenen tikkua (3:31)
2. milloin ahven nukkuu (6:09)
3. räntää (2:21)
4. yhtenä päivänä kompastuit (2:42)
5. liinaharja (2:02)
6. myskylyhty (3:47)

Released 22.11.2003.
Brilliant arhaic-sounding folk music made with jouhikko (a primitive violin with a rough but charming sound), influenced by the Finnish-Karelian tradition. Recorded in october 2003 except track 1 (1999).

NOTE: digital version available here.

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"Keppo Kappi (who the hell is this?) is completely amazing--mind blowing in fact. I suppose it's traditional, but its the kind of traditional that makes you wonder why they bothered inventing high fidelity. It's like that track on the nonesuch collection of African music--there was this Ghana woman singing, absolutely nothing else. It completely burned everything else to the ground, and it was just a woman singing. Pekko Kappi makes me feel like some kind of barbarian in regards to my taste in music. Recording this sort of thing even seems rather pointless, since we're all too white to understand (I'm sure Pekko is white too, but I speak of the soul!)" Chris Moon, Blastitude

"Finnish micro-label 267 Lattajjaa continues to impress, this time with a 3" CD-R from Pekko Käppi. Scraped strings and clouds of drones from forgotten times hover like morning mist over some lake deep down in the forest. Like a kite caught in an up-draft it first seems to be aiming for the sky but is soon brought down to the crystal clear water surface. It's like the music comes from the water itself and never can travel too far from its origin. That being said, this is music firmly rooted in the landscape in the same way as the Jewelled Antler collective but although the results bear trademarks of the incomparable Hala Strana the hugely evocative results more end up sounding like a Pelt journey along dusted gravel roads across the Appalachians. This is old time music for the drone generation and as such it just doesn't get any better." Mats Gustafsson, Dream Magazine #5

"ancient sounding folk played on a jouhikko (a horsehair lyre - sounds like a scratchy viola) with melancholic vocal accompaniment - recommended" Boa Melody Bar

"I think someone might have mentioned this one before, but i'll praise it again. I guess this is derived from traditonal folk music, but it could be from finland, mongolia or the blue mountains of virginia. pekko's a master of his jouhikko (a violin-like instrument) & jaw harp & has an earthy, beautiful singing voice, soaring droning folk ragas." Glenn Donaldson, Jewelled Antler

"There's not many people playing the horsehair lyre these days, at least one would think. It seems that this traditional Finnish instrument is very similar to a violin, at least based on this fantastic EP by Pekko Käppi. These six tracks feature only the aforementioned lyre in addition to the sparse use of Käppi's voice to create classical inspired organic drones. The centerpiece to this short release is the 6+ minute "Milloin Ahven Nukkuu." It features dueling tracks of the lyre: one creating an Alastair Galbraith-like drone while the other ventures up the fretboard to add high-end resistance. Käppi moans and sings along with the low-end melody which just fuels the hypnotic effect of the piece. It's like floating lazily down a slow-moving river, without a care in the world. Excellent stuff. "Liinaharja" has the feeling of a 15th century traditional lament; it's full of longing. "Myrskylyhty" picks things up with a decidedly Eastern flavor, especially with Käppi's chant-like vocals. It invokes images of some Indian ritual or dance. Also impressive is the use of a jew's harp on "Rantaa" which provides a nice contrast to the quiet lyre. This sounds straight out of Mississippi. One of the best and most interesting releases from the 267 Lattajjaa label so far. Fantastic. 8/10" - Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis

"Blackened forest folk of a most intriguing nature played on a hand-constructed violin-type thing made of horse bone and hair. From the same Tampere school of rock that spawned Markus, Kemialliset Ystavat, and Avarus, these gently overdubbed audio-runes hit from an ancient heart and re-assert the old maxim 'naked is beautiful'." Campbell Kneale, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon

"Unless you know the Cyrillic alphabet, you'll have to check the 267 Lattajjaa catalogue for the title. Pekko Käppi sings and plays with his jouhikko (a Finnish traditional instrument, a kind of bowed harp or something) and probably some other instruments very traditional sounding yet unexplainably modern folk music. I must at once admit that I'm not very familiar with this kind of music, but I won't let that stop me from reviewing this. Besides, since I don't know what this should sound like, doesn't that make my review more honest? Or does my lack of knowledge just result in lack of depth in the review. This disc has 6 tracks. The first one dates back to 1999 and the rest are from 2003, and you can really note the difference, as the first track lacks the insight and melodic content of the rest. It could well have been left out. The second track, Milloin ahven nukkuu (Finnish for When the perch (Perca Fluviatilis) sleeps), is a true masterpiece, beautiful and meditative. The third one is a more rhythmic, upbeat piece, clearly the worst track here. Luckily the remaining three tracks return to textural atmosphere introduced in track two. They don't quite reach its greatness, but aren't too far behind. This is a beautifully melancholic record." Pekka PT, Dilettante's Digest

"Pekko Käppi’s work for violin and voice sounds gorgeously alone, streamed direct from mind to hand-and-lung. On Bubnit sebje pod nos, Käppi builds rough, excoriating structures of string squeal which occasionally slide back into lush drones. “Räntaa” introduces a Jew’s harp and references folk music’s jigs and reels; other tracks draw more from European medieval music traditions. But when Käppi sings along to a broken threnody on “Milloin ahven nukkuu”, it’s as affecting and disorienting as Teiji Ito’s soundtrack to Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon: a reedy voice, moving alongside the violin’s frail buzz, capturing mythopoetic drama and yearning." Jon Dale, Stylus Magazine

"Pekko is a member of the staggeringly psychedelic free jazz Finnish group Päivänsäde, whose debut LP on Eclipse lit up many skulls when it was released late last year. He favours the use of archaic Finnish folk instruments in all-improvised settings and here he is alone with a Jouhikko (a horsehair lyre), an instrument that he also uses in Päivänsäde. Six tracks, 19 minutes of feral folk invention with Pekko crossing bowed strings with soft locomotive rhythms, grainy drones and circling, buzzing patterns that leave the whole thing sounding as melancholic as Eastern European klezmer music and as mud-caked as a madrigal from the Third Ear Band. Pekko's vocals are beautiful and otherwordly, chasing the arc of his bow with mournful wails and low, zoned chants. A classic of all-alone-in-the-universe solo exposition, up there with Heather Leigh's Cuatro/Vocal and the solo work of Chie Mukai. Limited and highly recommended." Volcanic Tongue

"This is a solo work on a Finnish "fiddle," called a jouhikko. It could find comparison with Jewelled Antler's more elegant whorl and it also has the quality of a song intoned in a tavern or on a forgotten gypsy byway. Hardcore throat singing, too. The feel of traditional music. Jaw harp over fiddle and the player's movements are caught on mic: like trees rustling or dust kicking. The tracks often have a Tony Conrad feel-- working within a repetitious pattern that opens up more and more each time he repeats it, allowing the listener a moment to step inside the note and look eke out its nuance. The androgynous vocalizations could be a woman or a man mumbling in falsetto. Everything trembles: pine cones, earthy soil. Fireside incantations. Could be a field recording from a century ago. Stunning intensity from such a minimal set-up." Brandon Stosuy, Pitchfork

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