SVANVIK ERA REVIEWS
Anthony Shaw gives 4 out of 5 stars on allaboutjazz.com [4.12.2019]
"The music may be spartan, reminiscent of countryman Pekka Lehti's workouts with various Finnish soloists on his 2000 disc Outo Voima (Strange Force) as well as the contemporary Oddarrang band, but it still sparkles."
Onni Rajaniemi's review in the Kansanmusiikki magazine 2/2019 [May 2019]
"[...] play their ethereal and expressive music so magnificently that the in principle challenging fusion of folk music, jazz and improvisation captures the listener."
Amanda Kauranne on Yle Radio 1 [20.5.2019]
"There is a beautifully tender balance between a folk groove, such as in the polskas and waltzes, and sometimes even music converging into free jazz. Every instrument comes to the forefront with its own sound and especially on the album's title track the power of silence can be heard as if magic. How long can the group stay silent together - playing silence?"
Andreas Schiffmann of Musikreviews.de gives Svanvik the score 13/15, comparing the music to Nick Drake. [6.4.2019]
"Without words, the band tells stories as impressive as such classical songwriters did and still do."
Svanvik receives 4 out 5 stars from Suomijazz.com. [4.3.2019]
"Pienimuotoisuudessaan ja ajoittain hyvinkin vähäeleisessä minimalismissaan se on ennen kaikkea lämmintä ja hyvin lähelle tulevaa musiikkia, ihmisten ääniä Svanvikistä."
IHANTOLA ERA REVIEWS
Barlast interviewed and reviewed by Overblown. [15.5.2017]
"Their debut album, Ihantola, is a joy, taking the listener on a journey of unexpected peaks and valleys of experimental and exploratory music."
Barlast reviewed in German by Global Music. [5.10.2017]
"We like Ihantola very much. Even after several listens we discovered new facets that we hadn't noticed before and new details came to light. Barlast offers unusual music, but it is by no means hard to listen to."
Barlast reviewed in Jazzrytmit by Matti Komulainen [7.2.2019]
"Band leader, composer and bass player Philip Holm draws equally from tradional Finnish sounds and style benders such as Tom Waits, to whom nothing is holy but all things down-to-earth are interesting."
suomijazz.com gives 4/5 stars to the Ihantola record. [9.4.2017]
"I very much admire Barlast's pursuit of simplicity and naturally breathing surfaces."
Neon Filler picks Barlast as one of the highlights in Tallinn Music Week. [21.4.2017]
"In parts it felt like we were at a grand 18th century dance in keeping with the setting. In others such as song Cs-137 we descended to a much darker place more in keeping with a Scorsese thriller."
Thoralf Koß from musikreviews.de gives the score 12/15 to the Ihantola album. [8.6.2017]
"Harmony and cacophony play together in Barlast's musical sandpit."